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TechShopz in a Box™ are free workshop plans, documents, and guides based on TechGirlz’ tried-and-true workshops. They make it easy for anyone, anywhere to run a hands-on workshop for middle school girls. As a result of this program, the number of girls we’ve reached has more than tripled – and with your help, we can make that number grow.
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In this workshop, students will learn how researchers, designers and developers use design thinking to create digital experiences like the ones in their favorite apps!
In this workshop, students will use Blockly, a drag and drop language to interface with the memory of the computer.
Use a screen reader to explore website accessibility concepts and techniques.
Students will be introduced to Kodu, a game creation environment that uses a visual programming language.
This workshop is a brief introduction to how websites work, how they are built, and how to become a person who builds websites.
Students will work in teams to design a mobile app. They will select an app idea, develop a prototype, and present their final product to the class.
In this workshop, students will create their own website using WordPress. They will learn how to set up a WordPress.com website and add their own content via web pages, and posts.
In this workshop, students will observe that infographics are often used to raise awareness or sell products in social media, and are more easily searched and viewed on the Pinterest platform.
In this workshop, students will use a Makey Makey Inventor’s kit to build a custom keyboard out of unconventional conductive materials, such as fruit and Play-Doh.
In this workshop, students will learn how to put a sunset and a starry night sky into the background of their photographs, as well as some other fun effects using (PIXLR) and PhotoLayers.
In this workshop, students will learn how satellite images, collected by various agencies around the world, can be used to help global humanity.
In this workshop, students will use the micro:bit’s drag and drop interface, MakeCode, to learn how to code the device.
This workshop plan familiarizes students with podcasting software, such as Audacity or Garageband, followed by creating a simple, personal podcast recording.
In this workshop, students will learn how to construct stories and learn techniques to produce/edit photo and video content using mobile devices.
Students will learn the elements of HTML and CSS and use them to create a website.
Students will write code in Python, understand the coordinate grid system, and use loops to animate frames of shapes.
Students will learn about simple electronic circuits (power, resistors, lights, and switches) and simple programming constructs (in “if…then…” scenarios).
Students will learn how to use GameMaker Studio, an intuitive program for the creation of electronic games.
Learn how to protect private information and what kind of information should be protected while exploring encryption.
Using free online software and publicly available data (open data), students will explore concepts and tools used in creating maps.
In this workshop, students will get hands-on with their own Arduino to create projects using sensors and light displays. No coding experience is required.
Explore how computers and video combine to capture motion and analyze movement using machine learning.
This workshop guides students through the thrilling process of leaving their personal mark on a piece of popular music by utilizing professional remixing strategies.
Using a template, students will design a 3D boat and use engineering techniques to assess, replicate, and improve a design.
Let students explore what is inside a computer by taking one apart – all you need is a computer and a screwdriver!
In this workshop, students will be introduced to Photoshop and its basic functions/tools.
This workshop reviews basic programming concepts using C++, such as data types, arrays, and functions.
This Entrepreneur Summer Camp puts the tools and technology used to create a business plan and prototype into the hands of 6th-9th graders.
In these sessions, students will learn how to use Unity, a professional software used to create many popular games today, to create a 2D game and learn the basics of real game creation along the way.
In this workshop, students will learn about computer simulations and create their own simulations of an epidemic and what factors make it spread faster or stop, which we like more.
In this workshop students will learn about the free technologies available to examine genes and visualize a family tree!
Students will learn the basics of network communications, how computers communicate via these networks and network security.
In this workshop, students will work with different types of molecular models. Students will learn how scientists use these to understand synthetic and natural molecules, including those of living organisms.
In this workshop, students will pull a clone of a web page from a GitHub code repository and work to edit the webpage.
Students will use online tools to experiment with SQL (Structured Query Language) to learn about the way databases work and how to store, find, and create data in them.
In this workshop, students will learn all the different responsibilities that come with the title and become a web designer for the day.
In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to learn about robots, explore Edison and program it in Python to avoid obstacles or follow a line.
In this workshop, students will understand how word maps are used in powerful ways to communicate ideas through a picture.
In this workshop, students will learn about why cybersecurity is important and the practices and tools that can help people and organizations protect their critical information.
In this workshop, students will learn the basics of 3D computer graphics. They will create a 3D model of an airplane using Clara.io and add animation and additional features of their choice to the design.
In this workshop, students will learn about how machine learning techniques such as artificial neural networks learn from data to answer real world questions.
This workshop uses a combination of a water quality dataset and an online map-making tool to investigate where a fictitious source of groundwater pollution (based on real world data) may be originating.
Students will learn the basics of Python programming including: simple data types (e.g., floats, integers, strings, and lists), comparisons, if-statements, and loops.
Students will learn the basics of 3D modeling, will learn about the different types of professional 3D modeling software available and will walk away with an understanding of how small jewelry designers use 3D to design and manufacture.
Download 3D printable designs and guide students through editing the designs and printing their creations in plastic. Students will learn about 3D printing principles, importing and adapting open source designs, and creation of designs from scratch.
In this workshop students will explore Recon-ng, a free information gathering tool that runs on Kali Linux, which can be used to stalk companies and individuals.
In this workshop you are invited to learn about how Virtual Reality works by learning to create simple 3D objects in a free online application, TinkerCAD.
This lesson covers what robots are and how to program and control them using computer code. Students will use pre-made LEGO Mindstorm robots to learn basic programming techniques in NXT-G 2.0 or EV3 by completing specific tasks
During this workshop students will learn the basics of Linux through a variety of games and puzzles that introduce command lines.
In this workshop, students will learn to think and design like an engineer by utilizing the engineering process to design a roller coaster using pipe insulation, marbles, and objects within the room.
During the week-long day camp, students will build an obstacle avoiding robot controlled with an Arduino microcontroller.
In this workshop, students will be introduced to the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction industry where they will discover the different types of engineers, designers, and workers that go into designing a building.
In this workshop, students will achieve a better understanding of the Internet of Things (IoT) through a hands on activity building a circuit, programming firmware, and creating a web page to control a light emitting diode (LED).
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