Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Grete Miller

March 13, 2018

Written by volunteer Alison Perch At TechGirlz, we believe technology is a creative skill. Tech is more than just coding, and there are an infinite number of tech-related fields and careers. Grete Miller, a TechGirlz volunteer and creative professional, fully embodies this idea. Grete started out with an interest in musical theater and film, and she eventually developed a passion for producing and development. She has explored many creative avenues over the years, including stage managing, technical design, and film production. Grete’s interests in art and technology led to her current role at Shutterstock, an agency that provides royalty-free images,…

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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Nayonna Purnell

October 17, 2017

Written by volunteer Alison Perch As a woman in tech, Nayonna Purnell recognizes the importance of mentors and role models in the industry. Nayonna is an educator, though she was inspired to change careers after attending a talk by tech entrepreneur Yasmine Mustafa. Yasmine’s story helped Nayonna see the benefits of a career in technology. “I was drawn to the fact that I could be creative, build cool things, and have a more flexible schedule to be with my family,” Nayonna says. Now, Nayonna is a full-stack developer and a computer science student at Montgomery County College. As an educator,…

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Downingtown Area Robotics Students Show Fourteen Middle School Girls the World of Robotics & Programming!

October 10, 2017

Downingtown Area Robotics recently hosted their second Robotics & Programming with LEGO Mindstorms NXT TechGirlz TechShop at the Technical College High School- Brandywine (TCHS-B). The TechShop was ran and organized by FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1640 students. The full article with additional pictures was originally published on the Downingtown Area Robotics wiki page. On September 23, Downingtown Area Robotics [DAR] hosted an all-girls workshop sponsored by TechGirlz, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit dedicated to educating girls in various STEM topics, and ultimately, reducing the gender gap in technology occupations. The workshop was a second collaboration between Downingtown Area Robotics and TechGirlz. DAR…

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TechGirlz Teen Advisory Board Member and Alumna Sara Syed Runs Signature Coding Camp for Third Consecutive Year

September 26, 2017

The all-day G.E.T. Coding (Girls Exploring Technology & Coding) was held this year from August 21 - 23, 2017 at Overbrook Educational Center (OEC). This camp was held for the 3rd consecutive year and was formed by the continuing partnership between Sara Syed (a rising senior at the Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr) and OEC. The Overbrook Educational Center is a Title I school that is in need of Computer Science Curriculum. The camp offers 20 middle school girls from OEC free exposure to different technology and basics of coding. The camp was developed by Sara, a TechGirlz Teen Advisory Board…

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