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Live & Local
- January 31 (deadline) - CBIC Tech Tour Scholarship Application. Are you a Junior or Senior who has been on the CBIC Tech Tour? If so, you are eligible to apply for one of two $2500 scholarships awarded annually. Apply now.
- February 1 & 2 - The 5th Annual Spark Hackathon returns! Spend the first two days of February with other like-minded high-schoolers and mentors from the local tech community to solve real world problems. No prior experience necessary. Apply now!
- February 1 - MAPS Day was started by young women in the MESA program at Albemarle High School who want to inspire middle school girls to pursue math, architecture, physics and science through hands-on activities and a Women in STEM Career Panel. The event is free, but registration is required.
- February 2 - Spark Hackathon Demo Party! Kick off your Superbowl Sunday at this family-friendly celebration of the hackathon from 5-6pm. Register now.
- February 8 - Kid*Vention Family Science Festival from 10am to 3pm at the Key Recreation Center. Tech-Girls along with other exhibitors from around the area will be on deck to provide kids ages 3-10 and their family hands-on STEM activities. This event is free and open to the public, no registration required. More info.
- February 15 - Girls' Geek Day at St. Anne's-Belfield School from 9:00am to noon. Girls' Geek Days are all about sparking elementary school-aged girl’s interest in technology and computing by providing a fun, collaborative, hands-on environment to learn new tech skills and helping them connect to other STEM programs in the community. The event is free, but registration is required.
- February 15 - University Student Taught Engineering Program (USTEP) is a one-day, fun-filled, educational outreach program. Middle Schoolers will be able to have a one of kind experience to visit Grounds and take classes taught by UVA Engineering students. Students will be able to take 4 classes they find interesting from our class catalog which includes topics from forensics to introduction to programming. This event is free, but registration is required.
- February 22 - Roanoke Mini Maker Faire. Call for Makers is open now and they are especially looking for K-12 makers!
- March 14 - GEM Tournament is a fun, challenging mathematics experience for all Charlottesville girls in grades 4-8 that will spark a love of math that will stay with them throughout their lifetimes. Registration opens in January. More info.
- March 27 & 28 - The ACM Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing (CAPWIC) brings together students, faculty, and industry partners to engage with research and development in computing through discussion and community-building. Call for proposals deadline is February 8. More info.
- Second Tuesdays - Tween STEAM at Louisa County Library from 4:00-5:00pm. A pop-up MakerSpace for ages 9-15. More info.
- Second Fridays - Creation Station at Gordon Avenue Library from 3:30-4:30pm. Explore hands-on STEAM projects with UVA Madison House volunteers. More info.
- Fridays - LEGO Mania at Louisa Library from 2:00-4:00pm. More info.
- Charlottesville Discovery Museum fosters intellectual curiosity and offers many STEAM-related activities and events for kids and families. More info.
- Computers4Kids's mission is to empower youth (7-12th grade) from low-income families to be prepared with the 21st-century skills required to attend college and pursue meaningful careers. More info.
- "We Code, Too" is an initiative to create a pipeline of Black and Brown young people to get into the technology industry via coding and programming! More info.
Virtual & Global
- January 31 (deadline) - Girls Go CyberStart is a fun, free and interactive online program to introduce high school girls to cybersecurity. More info.
- March 1 (registration deadline) - ProjectCSGirls is a competition designed to challenge middle school girls to actively use computer science and technology to develop a solution to an imminent social problem. More info.
- March 16 (registration deadline) - Technovation Challenge. Every year, Technovation invites teams of girls from all over the world to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology. Technovation takes students through 4 stages of launching a mobile app startup, inspired by the principles of design thinking. More info.
- Ongoing - Girls Who Code Clubs where girls work in teams to design and build a Computer Science “CS” Impact Project that solves real world problems they care about through code.
- Ongoing - Made with Code for classes & workshops geared toward girls.
- Ongoing - The Connectory, find an opportunity near you to connect your child to STEM learning.
What We Offer
A monthly program hosted at elementary schools throughout the region. The goal of this event is to spark interest in technology and computing by providing a fun, collaborative, hands-on environment to learn new tech skills and helping them connect to other STEM programs in the community. This is an all-volunteer led effort with role models and mentors from the professional community as well as middle and high school students sharing their time and passion for STEM.
The program is a series of monthly meetups for girls in middle school. As much as possible, we will to go to company and organization sites to see tech in action, meet female role models and do cool hands-on activities.
The program is a collaboration with the UVa Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), St. Anne's-Belfield School and Tech-Girls. This experience provides an opportunity for high school students to get a hands-on, behind-the-scenes peek at biomedical research happening right now at UVA. Special emphasis is placed on sharing projects and meeting researchers, faculty & students that help incorporate technology & engineering into the field.
Tech-Girls Maker Club
Maker Club is open to all women & girls who are interested in learning together how to bring our wearable tech fashion ideas to life through sewing & soldering, programming & electronics and more.
This monthly newsletter highlights opportunities for girls to connect with STEM programs that are local as well as online.