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Live & Local
- January 22 - The Reality of Game Development hosted by JMRL. Students ages 11-18 are invited to join game industry analyst and author Josh Bycer of Game-Wisdom.com for a discussion about what it’s like to work in the game industry, skills to develop, and the challenges creators face.
- February 26 - University Student Taught Engineering Program (USTEP) hosted by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at UVA is a fun-filled, educational outreach program for middle school students in the Charlottesville community. Participants will have a one of a kind experience taking classes taught by passionate UVA engineering students.
- March 25-26 - Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (CAPWIC) brings together students, faculty, and industry partners to engage with research and development in computing through discussion and community-building.
- March 26 - High School Visitation hosted by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at UVA is a comprehensive, hands-on program to give young women an in-depth look at the field of engineering. High school students from the state of Virginia are welcome to apply.
- C4K - combines mentoring and technology to prepare youth for brighter futures. Participation is free and open to all students in 6th-12th grades who are eligible for free or reduced lunches at school.
- KidsCollege@PVCC After-School Academies offers online programming Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday and in-person Saturday mornings for 3rd-12th Graders.
- STEAM Discovery Academy - find after school programming and summer programming (for a fee).
- Albemarle SWENext - Albemarle High School's Society of Women Engineers is a community of women who are passionate about engineering and STEM as a whole, and spreading the idea that engineering is for everyone.
Virtual & Global
- January 10 (deadline) - ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing recognizes talented high school students in computer science. The intent of the program is to promote and encourage the field of computer science, as well as to empower young and aspiring learners to pursue computing challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment.
- February 1 (deadline) - Sustainable Solutions Writing Contest from Engineer Girl. Write a short essay about how engineering can help meet one of U.N. sustainable development goals. The contest is open to individual girls and boys in the following three competition categories: Elementary School Students (grades 3-5), Middle School Students in (grades 6-8), or High School Students (grades 9-12).
- March 7-10 - Mozilla Festival. MozFest is a unique hybrid: part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world. Check out the Youth & Futures space where children, adolescents and young adults help work toward a better digital future for all.
- March 12 - Hacking for Gender Equity in STEM from Random Hacks of Kindness Junior. Students in grades 4-8th are invited to join Tech-Girls founder Kim Wilkens and Random Hacks of Kindness Junior as we design and code apps that highlight the importance of inspiring and engaging women and girls in STEM.
- March 25 (deadline to register) - Technovation Challenge is a free technology-based program for girls ages 8 - 18. Working in teams (of 1 to 5), girls find a problem in their community and build a mobile app or AI project to help solve it. Along the way, they develop their collaboration, problem-solving, and leadership skills.
- Black Girls Code - find workshops, coding clubs, and hackathons happening around the country.
- CodeVA offers a variety of online and in-person (Richmond, VA) workshops for K through 8th grade students.
- Girls Who Code - find clubs, summer immersion and code at home activities.
- Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. - find one-day hackathons where children in grades 4–8 are matched with computer science mentors to work together to solve a charity's real-world need.
- The Connectory - find an opportunity near you to connect your child to STEM learning.
- TechGirlz Virtual Workshops - find free CS workshops for girls in middle school.
Tech-Girls was founded in 2012 by Kim Wilkens (aka Miss-Bit). Tech-Girls is all about empowering girls to imagine and achieve their future dreams in our tech-savvy world. We help girls imagine possibilities, discover their potential and create the solutions of the future! In 2015, Tech-Girls joined forces with Charlottesville Women in Tech, a 501c3 non-profit.