TechGirlz, Drexel biz school partner to connect more girls to STEM careers

Roberto Torres, Lead Philly Reporter for Philly, announced the new partnership between Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business and TechGirlz. The article shares how the non-profit and university will work together, such as Drexel staff working with TechGirlz to deploy workshops and summer camps! The full article was originally published April 11, 2018 on Philly.

TechGirlz Workshop

If high school is where STEM interest among female students drops off, then early exposure to college — coupled with STEM skill-building — could help level the scales for the generations ahead.

That’s the bet a new partnership between nonprofit TechGirlz and Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business is making.

In February, the two organizations took their first step together by way of a TechGirlz TechShop (the org’s name for a workshop using their open-sourced materials) which focused on text mining and data analysis at LeBow College’s Business Analytics Solutions Center.

“As leaders in preparing both women and men for rewarding tech careers, we at Drexel are thrilled to partner with TechGirlz in empowering and preparing young girls to be good students and eventually play a critical role in meeting society’s technology needs,” Drexel University President John Fry said in a statement.

“We’ll be working together to create some of that structure together going forward,” she said. The program will consist jointly-run workshops and studies. The two organizations will pursue grant funding for projects.

For Welson-Rossman, exposure to Drexel’s campus and the academic environment there is a big deal for school-age girls.

“The whole point is to show girls what it’s like to be on campus,” she said.

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