Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC) Visionary Awards 2019 Keynote Speech by TechGirlz Teen Volunteer

March 26, 2019

Sarah Patrick is a first-year student at the University of Maryland - College Park studying Information Science. She graduated from the Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School last May, where she completed a year-long research project alongside a DoD mentor from CERDEC, called “Engineering peer credibility via mastery of roles.” Sarah has volunteered with DSA, Inc. for the past three years in collaboration with TechGirlz, running various technical workshops at Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County. Sample workshops include building a website with WordPress and designing a game with Kodu. Sarah also completed an internship with the…

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01/19/2019 Mapping for Humanity: Using Digital Mapping to Better the World TechShop Recap

March 21, 2019

Written by volunteer writer Alison Perch Maps play a crucial role in our everyday lives, helping us tell stories and make better decisions. Ross Bernet, a project manager Azavea, uses maps regularly at work and co-teaches a University of Pennsylvania course on web mapping. To help share his expertise and love of maps, Ross decided to teach “Mapping for Humanity: Using Digital Mapping to Better the World,” a TechShop held on January 19, 2019. The workshop introduced the girls to OpenStreetMap, or OSM. “OSM is like a Wikipedia of maps. Anyone can edit and contribute to it,” Ross explains. During…

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March 19, 2019

Judy Johnson, TechGirlz Volunteer and software engineer at Onyx Point, shares her experience being an instructor for the organization. She talks about Onyx Point hosting their first TechGirlz workshop and the excitement seeing the girls tap into their analytical thinking and creativity, without even realizing it! The full article was originally published March 14, 2019 on Onyx Point’s community blog. Early in February, one of our co-workers gave us an opportunity to work with a group of young women in middle school interested in STEM. A few of us got together with the young women, and with the guidance of…

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01/12/2019 Designing Mobile Apps TechShop Recap

March 13, 2019

Written by volunteer writer Amy Freeman The mission of TechGirlz is to "inspire middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers." One way to see that inspiration in action is to look at what many TechGirlz decide to do once they graduate from the program. Many, such as Lindsey Davis, remained involved with TechGirlz. They join the Teen Advisory Board and serve as TAs during workshops. Lindsey is 17 and a member of the Teen Advisory Board. She recently lead the Designing Mobile Apps workshop in Bryn Mawr. She was familiar with the topic…

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Why TechGirlz’ acquisition bucks the norm in nonprofit M&A

March 12, 2019

Michelle Caffrey, a reporter for the Philadelphia Business Journal, covered the news regarding the acquisition of TechGirlz by Creating IT Futures. The article discusses the uniqueness of this nonprofit acquisition and how the future is looking bright with both organizations working under the same umbrella. The full story was originally published March 6, 2019 in the Industries & Topics: Technology section of the Philadelphia Business Journal. View the original article here. You don't see deals like TechGirlz and CompTIA's often, nonprofit consultant Don Kligerman said. A well-known organization in Philadelphia’s tech world is being bought by a leading name in…

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