Tech Savvy

Tech Savvy 2017: A Success!

Tech Savvy Michigan 2017 took place on April 29 and was a resounding success.  Over 150 girls and adults took part in various workshops focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  Here are some quotes from the girls who participated:

“It’s life changing.”

“I loved learning more about STEM jobs, because before this I never knew about them.”

“I really enjoyed the great professors who put in their own time to teach us.”

 “Oh yeah, I am definitely coming back next year.  It was a crazy good time – I love it.”

What is Tech Savvy?

Tech Savvy is a daylong conference designed for girls in sixth through ninth grade and intended to encourage them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  The program is also designed to inform families about STEM education and careers, and to expand awareness of educators and other adults in understanding the important role they play in inspiring girls in these fields.

Although the program focuses on exciting girls about STEM, Tech Savvy also includes a simultaneous track for parents and other adults in the girls’ lives. Presentations and hands-on- activities will engage girls and broaden their exposure to the world of opportunities available to girls in STEM fields.  Concurrent presentations will guide adults to reinforce the girls’ interest in STEM. Keep reading for more details on the program for girls, their families and other interested adults.

Tech Savvy 2016

On Saturday, April 30, 2016 Tech Savvy took place at the University Center Gaylord & Gornick Auditorium. This 3rd annual event was once again a huge success.

Tech Savvy 2016 Program

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Tech Savvy 2015

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A slideshow from the day can be viewed here: Tech Savvy 2015.

A program from the day can be viewed here: 2015 TS Gaylord Program, Final

On Saturday, April 18, 2015 Tech Savvy took place at the University Center Gaylord & Gornick Auditorium. This 2nd annual event was once again a huge success. Check out the news:

From 9&10 News: Tech Savvy Gaylord Teaches Hundreds of Girls About Math and Science

From the Gaylord Herald Times: ‘Tech Savvy’ Girls Gather in Gaylord

From MiNews: Gaylord Event Encourages Girls to Explore Science

Tech Savvy 2014

The first Tech Savvy program in Gaylord took place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the University Center Gaylord. It was a huge success and we thank all the girls, parents, mentors, sponsors, and volunteers who made it happen! You can check out what the program was all about here:                                      Tech Savvy Gaylord, program book

A video from the day can be viewed here.

A slideshow from the day can be viewed here.

Comments from the 2014 Tech Savvy students:

“This whole experience made me more excited for college and to learn. You guys encouraged me to do good in school and show the world that I can do.”

“It was the best day of my LIFE!”

“It was an eye opening experience for me that I can be just as good if not better than any man and science and math isn’t just for one single gender.”

“I WILL definitely be coming back next year! This was a great experience. Glad I came! :)”

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Where It All Started

Tech Savvy was founded in 2006 by the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch, under the leadership of then- branch president and Praxair employee Tamara Brown. With the support of Praxair and community groups, this annual event has become a huge success, serving upwards of 700 girls and 200 parents each spring at the University of Buffalo in New York.  The AAUW Gaylord Area Branch is honored to be selected as one of ten sights chosen nationwide as a pilot for the expansion of this successful program.  Working with the University Center in Gaylord (a unique collaboration among many College and University programs throughout Michigan),  the AAUW Gaylord Area Branch seeks to reach girls, their families, and their teachers throughout Northern Michigan to inspire them to attend a day-long Saturday conference slated for April 26, 2014.

Girls in STEM

In an era when women are increasingly prominent in medicine, law, and business, why are there so few women scientists and engineers? A 2010 research report by AAUW presents compelling evidence that can help to explain this puzzle. Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) presents in-depth yet accessible profiles of eight key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers — including stereotypes, gender bias, and the climate of science and engineering departments in colleges and universities — that continue to block women’s progress in STEM. The report also includes up-to-date statistics on girls’ and women’s achievement and participation in these areas and offers new ideas for what each of us can do to more fully open scientific and engineering fields to girls and women.

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