Myth Busters: 10 Myths About Girls and Tech

February 9, 2018

How TechGirlz Served 10,000 Girls in Spite of Them Written by Tracey Welson-Rossman, TechGirlz Founder/CEO Commonly held misperceptions have a way of becoming gospel. However, even inaccurate statements - like the advice to wait 30 minutes before swimming after eating - can lead to helpful correlations between food and exercise in our brains. Other times, they can become embedded biases or assumptions that lead us to poor decisions and outcomes. When talking about girls and tech, I’ve found the latter to be the case too many times to count. Myths about girls and technology are lazy and misinformed, and -…

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The Secret Sauce to our Success: Our Process to Create TechGirlz Curricula

February 6, 2018

Written by volunteer Stacy Huffstetler A Note From Our Founder, Tracey Welson-Rossman: When TechGirlz began 7 years ago, we knew the methods used to teach tech topics would be the key to inspiring girls to explore technology. We found from our early research, by 9th grade, girls were not interested in tech because they thought it was boring, not creative enough, and the stereotype of what a technologist looked like was not desirable. Our best way to fight these misconceptions, was to create fun, interactive, and varied, project-based workshops that would be taught by professionals in the field. At first,…

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TechGirlz Coding Classes Putting the ‘Free’ in Free Library of Philadelphia

January 19, 2018

Danica Pascavage, TechGirlz Outreach Coordinator for the Philadelphia area, recently wrote a guest post for Philly to talk about the new partnership for the non-profit. In this article, she shares the exciting news that in October, with help from the city and Councilman Allan Domb — TechGirlz and the Free Library of Philadelphia kicked off a partnership to help end the gender gap in STEM careers. The full article was originally published October 20, 2017 on the Philly website. Hosted by the Free Library’s neighborhood branches, powered by TechGirlz’s open-sourced curriculum and led by TechGirlz mentors and university…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Dan Koval & Bentley Systems

January 9, 2018

Written by volunteer Alison Perch Companies and organizations play a vital role in supporting TechGirlz’ mission. One such business, Bentley Systems, has hosted TechShopz and funded programs to help girls explore the possibilities of technology. Bentley Systems is a software development company that helps engineers and other professionals manage the world’s infrastructure. Bentley has run Robotics Programming with LEGO MINDSTORMS®, a highly popular TechShop, at their corporate headquarters in Exton, PA. The company has also provided a grant to support an Intro to Arduino Programming workshop at Glenside Library. A long-time Bentley Systems employee, Dan Koval, plays a key role…

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Chicago Girl Scouts Dig into IT Hardware and Discover Confidence

January 3, 2018

Michelle Lange, a writer and designer living in Chicago, contributes to the Inspiring Success - Creating IT Futures blog. This article shares with us a recap for the What's Inside a Computer? TechShop in a Box held in Chicago for the Girl Scouts. It discusses how the workshop has helped build the girls’ confidence and why STEM lessons matter. The full article was originally published November 07, 2017 on the Creating IT Futures blog. Girl Scouts in Chicago played around with the colorful inner workings of computers on Saturday in a workshop that gave them language for the components, knowledge…

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