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Cornell women involved in girls’ STEM conference

On April 9, the Cortland and Ithaca branches of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold their annual TechSavvy Conference for girls in sixth through ninth grades, and their parents/caregivers. The daylong event is designed to show girls firsthand how studying STEM and pursuing STEM activities can lead to exciting careers. The program, entitled Tech Savvy: A Path to a STEM Career, will welcome 120 girls to Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3).

The focus of the conference is to encourage girls to consider careers in STEM fields. The morning consists of hands-on workshops such as engineering a solar powered bike, understanding the mathematics involved in creating Pixar animations, creating interactive computer games, cracking DNA codes, programming a robot, and much more. The afternoon offers career savvy workshops on communication, critical thinking skills, presentation skills, and other essential skills needed in the workplace. Adult sessions will focus on preparing and encouraging girls on their path to a STEM career. The day ends with a keynote address by Kathryn J. Boor, Dean of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

In addition to the keynote address, several women from Cornell are participating in the event including students, faculty, and staff from the College of Engineering, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, the NSF-funded Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), and the Cornell Society of Women Engineers.

IT@Cornell volunteers at the event include Amy Cheatle and Liz Balko from Academic Technologies, Kathryn Seely from CALS-IT, and Julia Leonard from CIT. Patrice Prusko from Academic Technologies and Debra Howell, IT Director in IPP, are both serving on the planning committee.

The $5 registration fee includes a light breakfast, lunch, a savvy girl t-shirt, and the full day of activities and hands-on workshops. For details about the program and registration, please visit:

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