TECH SAVVY 2017

Tech Savvy conference for 6th-9th grade girls
took place Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Pasadena City College

What a fabulous Tech Savvy conference  on April 8th. We had 111 eager 6th-9th grade girls in attendance from Pasadena Unified School District and other schools throughout San Gabriel Valley and 35 parents/guardians. Girls attended two “tech savvy” workshops in the morning, choosing from 18 different options led by women working in fields as diverse as epidemiology, developmental biology and statistics (led by our own members Shelley Enger, Eric Hutchins and Jane Crane, respectively), electric engines, robotics, 3D design and printing, and space exploration. The afternoon was devoted to learning about “soft skills” – self esteem, finding factual information on the internet, and more. In between (after lunch), girls got to meet many of the STEM career women, hear about how they got into their field and have a chance to ask them questions. See more photos from the day hereSee full program from this year here.

Tech Savvy is a daylong conference sponsored by National AAUW and designed to develop girls’ interest and self-confidence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. A bunch of hard-working volunteers from our branch and our various partners – Pasadena City College, Pasadena Unified, Delta Sigma Theta, Caltech, YWCA, and more – put together an exciting program of hands-on science workshops and others on “soft-skill” topics such as financial literacy, internet safety, and public speaking. Special sessions for parents, guardians or teachers show them how to help girls on the path to college and a career. Adult sessions are available in English and Spanish. Women presenters from many great institutions such as Disney, CalTech, Carnegie Observatories, and Pasadena City College do exciting workshops like Programming Robots, Creative Chemistry, Capturing and Studying the Sun, Engineering at Disney, Mutant Fish and many more.

Volunteer and Support Our Tech Savvy Girls in 2018!

Please let us know if you’d like to be a workshop presenter or if you know someone who would be a good presenter. We are looking for creative female instructors who bring to life their occupation and the types of skills they use in their everyday work. Presenters should be energetic, dynamic and have a passion for their work. Tech Savvy, powered by AAUW, is a great opportunity to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in the STEM leaders of tomorrow.

If you’d like to be part of the 2018 planning:

You can contribute with a donation to our branch’s Tech Savvy account:

    • Via check: Make checks out to “AAUW”, Memo: “Tech Savvy – Pasadena, CA”. Mail to: AAUW, P.O. Box 94309, Pasadena, CA 91109-4309
    • Consider donating breakfast, lunch, event t-shirts, goodie bags and contents, and science and math themed prizes suitable for middle school ages.

Contact Susan Kane (skane1@charter.net) or Pat Rees (patricia.rees@gmail.com) for details about the next meeting location, or if you have questions about Tech Savvy, or would like to sign up to help or donate items for the event.