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Tech-Girl Monthly: February 2014

Love Is In the Air

As Valentine's Day approaches, let's explore some of the things Tech-Girls love. We love female role models and this month we're starting a feature to spotlight them. We love getting together and there are so many cool events coming up, so remember to get them on your calendar. Of course, we love tech and we have had lots of fun creating our first robot with the Hummingbird Robotics kit and making apps with App Inventor. Want to keep up with more of what we love? We've started blogging all about it @ tech-girls.tumblr.com.

Spotlight: Yolanda Epps, founder of 3D-GREES

Yolanda is an assistant principal, homemade tech-kid, wife to Jeff, mother to JJ Jackson, and mom to miniature Yorkie named Timex. She has spent 22 years in the Cumberland County School System in Fayetteville, NC (Home of Fort Bragg Army base) educating the children of the community.   

What drives your interest in technology?
Working in a large high school that was also high in poverty, I knew the challenges facing our particular community of young people, especially our young ladies. In the uncertain economy, they were going to need skills to survive. I knew that as a leader in the school. I also knew that the girls just wanted a place to go and belong.  So the two collided; a place where they could belong along with learning real-world skills that would last them a lifetime. So in September 2013, on my couch 3D-GREES was born, and our inaugural session was held in October, and we were off to the races. It was my responsibility as a leader in the school to know the "direction" that they needed to go.  And this was it. What a journey it has been. This movement will only continue to grow. These young ladies are so very strong. They have all of the strength that I never would have had at 14!! It is amazing to watch them grow into beautiful young women.  

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Get Involved

Are you ready to become a mentor or sponsor a Tech-Girls workshop? Can you help us get the word out or cater an event? However you would like to get involved, we need you! 

Activities & Events

Live & Local

  • February 13 -  Tech-Girls of all ages meet twice a month at Henley, on the second & fourth Thursdays of the month. Reserve your spot now. (2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8 & 5/22)
  • February 15 - Girls' Geek Day will be exploring Games for Change by providing lots of fun, hands-on coding opportunities for girls. Registration required.
  • March 23 - Middle School Girls in Engineering Science Exploration Day at UVA’s engineering school. The program is designed to give girls a comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on design activities and interactive demonstrations, a tour of the engineering school, and lunch with current engineering students. Registration is first-come, first-serve and there will be a non-refundable fee of $5 that covers all activities and lunch.
  • April 26 & 27 - USA Science & Engineering Festival (Washington DC). This is a great experience for the whole family - tons of hands-on activities and the opportunity to meet your favorite STEM rock star plus it's all free!
  • July 14-18 - Soft Circuit Creations for rising 6th - 9th graders. More classes & registration info available at PVCC Summer Career Academies.
  • July 28-Aug 1 - Video Game Design at Light House Studio. 7th thru 12th graders can get their first taste of video game design in this beginner-friendly workshop. Registration required.
  • August 11-15 - Exploring Technology at Light House Studio for ages 8 to 11. Learn about what makes a computer tick & create your own technology. Registration required.

Virtual & Global

  • Ongoing (monthly) - CreateHS is an online high school coding competition with new challenges released every month. Check out this month's challenge.
  • February - April 26 - Technovation Challenge. Middle and high school girls work in teams to develop innovation mobile apps that solve problems in their local communities. Registration required.
  • March 1 (deadline) - E-Girl Essay Contest. Open to grades 3 through 12, this contest challenges you to look into our engineering past so you can imagine what the future will bring. Submission guidelines.
  • April 11 (deadline) - K-12 JMU Physics Video Contest. Put some STEAM into your science curriculum by giving your students the opportunity to explore and demonstrate their understanding of physics concepts through video. Submission guidelines
Once upon a time, a computer science student was studying to get her PHd.
Math Bites
In this episode, take a fun look at binary numbers with Danica McKellar. 
App Inventor
Find lots of great tutorials to get you started designing & programming your own app!
 
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