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Tech-Girl Monthly: May 2016

Girls' Geek Day

Girls' Geek Day started in 2013 as one event at Crozet Elementary with 30 girls. The 2015/16 school year saw tremendous growth in the program with seven events held in schools around the county including Crozet, Baker-Butler, Stone Robinson, STAB and Cale Elementary with an average attendance of 60 girls. At the end of April, we held our final Girls’ Geek Day of the school year at Crozet Elementary with more than 70 girls from 20 area schools!

We’re also seeing a positive impact on our girls and in our community. Here's a quick sample of what parents have shared about the experience:

“This was a great event. My daughter really enjoyed it. Thanks so much for hosting.”

“Thank you and all of the other organizers so much for putting on the girls geek day. My daughter had so much fun.... Thanks for making an impact and sparking something that piqued her curiosity to continue thinking about.”

Plus we're hearing from girls rising out of the program that they want access to events like this in middle school. We're planning some special programming for them in the 2016/17 school year and we look forward to seeing them back as volunteers to inspire the next group of geek girls!

Speaking of volunteers, we owe them a very special thanks because Girls Geek Days are not possible without them!!! This year, over 40 volunteers have led activities with the girls including Hummingbird Robotics, LEGO Mindstorms Robotics, littleBits, Architecture w/Legos, Coding on the Minis (Blockly, CargoBot, LightBot), Minecraft, Made with Code, Coding thru Games, CS Unplugged, Engineering Design Challenges, GoldiBlox, Hour of Code, 3Doodler, Keva Plank Challenges, LOGO, MaKey MaKey, Rollercoasters, Sphero, Sticky Circuits, Thimble, Video Production, Scratch, Leap Motion, Math Challenges, Image Editing & Ozobots.

Spotlight: Lakshmi Kopparam


Each month we spotlight a woman or girl in tech who inspires us. This month we are highlighting Lakshmi Kopparam. Lakshmi is a third year Computer Science major at the University of Virginia. She has been heavily involved with the Society of Women Engineers. The Society of Women Engineers is a professional organization that aims to support and promote women in achieving their full potential in engineering careers. The SWE section at UVA has three areas of focus: outreach, professional development, and community building. For the past two years Lakshmi has been the Elementary and Middle School Outreach Co-Chair and will become Vice President of Outreach for this upcoming year.
What do you remember about your first coding experience?
My first time coding was in my Introduction to Programming class in college. I was a little intimidated going in and wasn’t sure if I would be able to get a grasp of the concepts and practices. Quickly I learned that programming is an exciting form of development where you can see your progress almost instantly and could create powerful tools and technologies. I ended up really enjoying the class and am getting ready to graduate with a degree in Computer Science which I would not have imagined three years ago.

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Activities & Events

Live & Local

  • May 11 - Make It @ the Library: Tape, Tech, & T-shirts at 4pm. Create projects with Duck and washi tape, play with tech toys, decorate a T-shirt, or do all three. Ages 10-15. Registration recommended. Call 434.979.7151 x 4 to sign up.
  • May 15 (deadline) - Bio-Med Tech-Girls for 9th, 10th or 11th grade girls August 8-12. This year’s experience will be led by 3 UVA BME undergraduates working with the UVA Children’s Hospital to improve the mobility and offer tools for the socialization of children with complex medical conditions. Rolling admission into the program will begin April 15. Apply now.
  • May 22 - Mosaic Children's Choir at 5pm. Join us at St. Anne's-Belfield School for this performance which will highlight an interactive art and sound experience created in collaboration with Tech-Girls.
  • May 27 (deadline) - MESA Bridge Camp for 7th & 8th grade girls August 1-5. Learn about the physics and math concepts related to bridge design from current MESA students then work to design and build a wooden pedestrian bridge. More info.
  • June 8 - Make It @ the Library at 2pm. Kickstart your creativity with the library’s Pop-up MakerSpace. Each month will feature several projects focused on a theme. All MakerSpace supplies are available at every session, so you can create your own project. Ages 10-15.
  • June 21 - Tween Tech Series @ the Library at 1pm. Local artist and graphic designer Mike Uriss will present a workshop for tweens ages 10 to 15. Participants will learn principles of graphic design, the role of technology in graphic design, and have the opportunity to create and save their own digital creation. Registration is required and begins June 6. Limit: 8 participants.
  • June 22 - Tween Tech Series @ the Library at 1pm. Join WillowTree staff and take a hands-on tour of hardware and software basics with segments on dissecting a simple machine and learning basic principles of programming.

Summer Camps!

  • Tech Camp @ STAB. No sitting through boring lectures here, you'll get hands-on with tech from day one. Create electronic cards, light up your clothes, make an app, design a game, code a song, mod Minecraft - the possibilities truly are endless at Tech Camp @ STAB. Be sure to check out the expanded offerings this summer including the CS Academy and Art of Code for Tech-Girls! Weekly camps are available starting June 20 for rising 2nd thru 12th graders and run from 9am to 4pm. Registration info (scholarships available).
  • KidsCollege@PVCC STEM & Arts Academies offers a wide variety of week-long project-based STEM and Arts-based classes all summer long. Rising 3rd thru 9th graders. Half or full day options. Registration info (scholarships available).
  • CoderDojoCville participants will be able to choose from a variety of sessions including Music, Math, Coding (M2C), Multiage Coding, Engineering Challenges and Help Desk Curriculum. 4-day sessions are 8:30-11:30 and 12:30-3:30, July 12-16 & 22-27. Registration required.
  • Synthetic Biology Summer Camp offers the opportunity to learn about the evolution of biotechnology while exploring the fundamentals of biology and constructing genetic circuits. This camp is appropriate for any student who has taken basic high school biology. Registration info.
  • Light House Studio Summer Camp offers a variety of tech-related summer camps including animation, visual affects, music video & film production. Registration info(scholarships available).
  • iD Tech Camps at UVA offers co-ed camps for ages 7-17. Learn code, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more. Registration info.

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