TechGirlz and The Baldwin School Partner to Educate Young Women in Technology
Members of TechGirlz and students of Baldwin will participate in specialized TechShopz programs
September 10, 2014 (Philadelphia) – TechGirlz, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls to be future technology leaders, has announced that it will begin hosting workshops at the Middle School Dream Lab® at The Baldwin School. The first will take place on September 13, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The partnership between TechGirlz and The Baldwin School will allow middle school aged girls to attend workshops that will further their education in Technology and Computer Science fields. The first workshop offered will cover Raspberry Pi, a credit-card-sized single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools.
“TechGirlz’ ongoing mission is to inspire young women to become next generation leaders, influencers and innovators in the tech space,” said Tracey Welson-Rossman, founder of TechGirlz and chief marketing officer at Chariot Solutions. “This partnership with Baldwin is another step in empowering and educating these young women eager to learn more about the industry.”
There will be 20 participants in grades ranging from sixth to eighth. Additionally, the partnership has allowed for two Baldwin students who are Techgirlz alumni to teach the courses. Due to the high number of interested students, a second workshop will be held at a later date.
“The goals of TechGirlz and Baldwin are aligned in that we both are interested in educating girls about Tech/Computer Science,” said Laura Blankenship, Computer Science Department Chair at the Baldwin School. “Since TechGirlz has a cadre of girls ready and eager and we have equipment and teachers, it is the perfect fit.”
The workshop provides Baldwin girls with increased opportunities to delve into new technology. The ultimate hope is a larger step towards eliminating the gender gap in technology altogether. Learn about TechGirlz TechShop in a Box program to Teach 15 girls in your area.
TechGirlz (www.TechGirlz.org) is here to inspire young women to shatter the statistics. The organization’s aim is to help adolescent girls understand that a future in technology does not necessarily equate to “a boring computer job,” but instead transcends the cubicle into nearly every field imaginable. By encouraging women to participate in science and technology today, as well as providing a solid foundation of peers, mentors and positive role models, TechGirlz hopes to spark innovation, exhilaration and motivation in young women to become tomorrow’s tech leaders.
About the Baldwin School
The Baldwin School is an independent, all-girls college preparatory school for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students. The school was founded in 1888 by Florence Baldwin under the traditions of academic excellence, integrity and community. Today, Baldwin develops talented girls into confident young women with vision, global understanding and the competency to make significant and enduring contributions to the world. For more information, visit our Open Houses on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. or Nov. 6 at 9 a.m. You can also visit www.BaldwinSchool.org or call 610-525-2700.