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Volunteer Spotlight: Wilhem Arthur Alcivar

August 15, 2017

Written by volunteer Alison Perch What was it that you wanted to do when you were six years old? That was a question posed to Wilhem Arthur Alcivar by his high school English teacher. At the time, Wilhem was on track to become a business major, because that’s what others encouraged him to do. Wilhem reflected on the question and remembered his childhood fascination with the internet and dream of becoming an engineer. At that point, Wilhem says, “I completely dropped any idea other than that I was going to be a computer scientist.” That singular focus and drive led…

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Middle School: A Gateway for Girls in Tech

August 8, 2017

Joy Baer, is the President for leading advertising technology software provider, Strata, at the Chicago headquarters. Joy and her team recently hosted the TechGirlz Podcasting workshop at the Strata offices in Chicago and shared some insight about the exciting experience! She also talks about her love for technology, which started in middle school, her role in the field today, and how she believes giving young girls more opportunities for exposure in the various fields of technology can help close the gender gap. The full article was originally published in the Company News section on Strata's corporate website. I came across…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Thomas Proffen

August 1, 2017

The start of ORCSGirls and the tremendous role TechGirlz played. Written by volunteer Alison Perch Growing up in Germany, Dr. Thomas Proffen had an early love of science and technology. He took advanced physics and math classes, and he loved playing with his first computer: a Sinclair ZX81, with only 1KB RAM. Proffen’s passion for STEM eventually led to a PhD in physics, two postdocs, and a career in science. Proffen now works at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and he has shared his love of STEM with his children, Lukas and Klara. While serving as a mentor…

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WATCH: TechGirlz Students Designed These Robots at Summer Camp

July 25, 2017

Haley Weiss, an intern and writer for Philadelphia Magazine, writes about TechGirlz 2017 Arduino Summer Camp. This year, the camp used a new computer science and programming curriculum to instruct the middle school girls! The article highlights last week's camp, discusses the importance to have programs like this available to young girls, and includes some video clips/student insights about the fun-filled week. The full article was originally published on the PhillyMag website in the BizPhilly section. TechGirlz wrapped up its annual summer camp on Friday, after an intense week of learning with a brand new tech curriculum this year. Nearly…

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TechGirlz National Outreach Manager, Amy Cliett, Talks with Comcast NBCUniversal

July 18, 2017

Comcast NBCUniversal celebrated Women’s History Month with a live employee broadcast called the Employee Enrichment Series. TechGirlz National Outreach Manager, Amy Cliett, was one of the women chosen to be interviewed in March. During the broadcast, Amy talked about her experience volunteering and working for TechGirlz, how we know TechGirlz is a successful program, and what our TechShopz in a Box entail. She goes on to talk about how others can get involved with TechGirlz and become volunteer instructors or how parents can sign their daughters up for upcoming workshops! What are you waiting for? Sign up for our newsletter…

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