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Tech Savvy Looking for Volunteers for April 1 STEM Event for Girls

Tech Savvy is a day-long science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) event for girls in sixth through ninth grade. These events happen all over the country and are sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The main focus of the event is to attract girls to STEM careers and to inform families about STEM education. The program includes workshops for girls and their parents. This latter component encourages families to reinforce the girls’ interest in STEM.

The regional Tech Savvy event will take place on Saturday April 1, 2017, at Tompkins County Community College from 8:30am-4:30pm.

The planning committee is looking for volunteers for the following:
  • People to lead workshops on these topics: Being Safe Online; Building Confidence; Leadership; and Savvy Skills.
  • A few women to sit at the Women in IT table and talk with girls.
  • Volunteers for registration, directing participants to workshops, or providing tech support to presenters.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please submit a title and one-sentence description to Patrice Prusko (, Instructional Designer in CIT, or Debra Howell (, IT Director for Infrastructure, Properties, and Planning.

Full proposals are due Tuesday, January 31.

More about the event:

The day begins with hands-on workshops in various math and science fields. Past workshops include “Math: Exploring Complex Worlds with Simple Rules,” which combined computers with the world of mathematics. “Robotics” explored mechatronics and virtual reality, and “Re-using Your Environment,” taught girls how to help the planet through recycling.

The second portion of the day focuses on “savvy skills.” These are skills girls can use in their daily lives, such as critical thinking, sharing opinions, public speaking, and knowledge about financial literacy, negotiation, and interviewing.

More about the American Association of University Women (AAUW):

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