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Tech-Girl Monthly: February 2016

We <3 Bio-Med Tech-Girls

Participants from the Bio-Med Tech-Girls: UVA Exploratory Experience were recently highlighted on PBS's Charlottesville Inside-Out. Bio-Med Tech-Girls is a collaboration between the UVa Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Coulter Translational Research Partnership, St. Anne's-Belfield School, and Tech-Girls. The program provides an opportunity for high school students in central Virginia to get hands-on with technology while getting a behind-the-scenes peek at biomedical research happening right now at UVa. You can get a behind-the-scenes look at last year's Bio-Med Tech-Girls experience in this episode of Charlottesville Inside-Out (starts at 13:30).

Bio-Med Tech-Girls will be back the week of August 8. This program is open to female students who are currently in 9th, 10th or 11th grade. Space is limited and you must apply in order to be considered. Applications are open now thru April 15. 

Spotlight: Ayoade Balogun

Each month we spotlight a woman or girl in tech who inspires us. This month we are highlighting Ayoade Balogun, founder of the MESA Bridge Camp and junior at Albemarle High School.
What drives your interest in technology?
There's a belief among many, whether it’s conscious or not, that working with technology is only for people who think a certain way or are a certain age or a certain gender. But really, technology and the various fields within it are areas of great collaboration, and successes in these areas require the work of many different types of people with different interests. This is what I love about technology and the larger body of STEM fields. 
I also love the way that technology inspires us to create. It's easy to get used to consuming without considering what you can put back into your community or your world, but technology gives everyone a medium through which they can take what they have learned and consumed and make something out of it. 

Read more.

Get Involved!

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! 

Activities & Events

Live & Local

  • February 13 - Girls' Geek Day. St. Anne's-Belfield School (9am to noon). This event is open to all ages, but if you are a 3rd grader or younger, please plan on bringing one of your parents too. Registration required.
  • February 13 - Presidents K-12 Chess Open at Ash Lawn-Highland. The event is in two Sections (Rated & Unrated) with 4 competitive age groupings (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) per section. Registration required.
  • March 4 & 5 - CAPWIC 2016, our own regional Celebration of Women in Computing is happening at Christopher Newport University. This is a great event for high school students to get connected with women in computing. More info.
  • March 19 - Expanding Your Horizons is a one-day math and science conference for girls in grades 6-10. The girls participate in exciting, hands-on workshops organized by JMU faculty & students. There is no registration fee, but all students and accompanying adults and teachers must pre-register. Registration opens soon.
  • April 15 (deadline) - Bio-Med Tech-Girls is coming August 8! This program is open to female students who are currently in 9th, 10th or 11th grade. Space is limited and you must apply in order to be considered. Apply now.
  • Ongoing - Charlottesville Women in Tech Meetup. If you are a mom of a Tech-Girl & want to connect with other female techies, please consider joining us at a monthly meetup. More info.
  • Ongoing - Girl Develop It Central VA. What better way to inspire your daughter, grand-daughter or niece to learn to code than to learn yourself. Girl Develop It Central VA offers beginner classes in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg for adults.
  • Ongoing - Playing Aces Chess is a group of teachers, parents, and interested community leaders who recognize the importance of developing critical and creative thinking skills in every student using chess. They hold chess events throughout the region. More info.
  • Ongoing - Tinkersmiths Makerspace hosts a wide range of workshops that are open to a variety of ages and experience levels. Check out their latest meetups.

Virtual & Global

  • February 16 (deadline) - EngineerGirl Essay Contest. The theme this year is responsible engineering. Contest is open to elementary, middle & high school students.
  • April 15 (deadline) - ProjectCSGirls is a computer science competition for middle school girls. Create something with tech that can help solve an imminent social problem. More info.
  • April 21 (deadline) - Technovation Challenge. Become a technology entrepreneur and develop a mobile app prototype that solves a real world problem in your local community. Work in teams of up to 5 girls to research, design & build a mobile app. More info.
  • Ongoing - Made with Code for classes & workshops geared toward girls.
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