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Live & Local
- January 21 - Techsters is a half-day coding camp for middle school-aged girls in Richmond, VA. Capital One mentors will teach the basics of programming while challenging participants to put their skills to the test building a website.
- February 4 - Girls' Geek Day are all about sparking elementary school-aged girls' interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by providing a fun, collaborative, hands-on environment to learn new skills and helping them connect to other STEM programs in the community. The event is free, but registration is required.
- February 17 (deadline) - SWE @ UVA hosts the spring High School Visitation on March 18. This event introduces students to various engineering fields from UVA students and professor and the engineering design process through hands-on activities. The day also includes behind-the-scenes lab and dorm tours.
- March 31-April 1 - CAPWIC is the ACM Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing conference for women interested in computing. The participants include female high school and college students, faculty, and professionals, as well as male supporters of women in computing. This year CAPWIC is hosted at Virginia State University.
- April 29 - Girls Excelling in Math (GEM) Tournament invites Charlottesville area schools to register teams of four girls to complete in either the lower division (grades 4 through 6) or upper division (grades 6 through 8) tournament.
- C4K - combines mentoring and technology to prepare youth for brighter futures. Participation is free and open to all students in grades 6th-12th 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 students in grades 3rd-12th.
- STEAM Discovery Academy - ind lots of STEAM-related after-school and summer programming for students in grades K-8th.
- 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.
- BACON (Best All-around Club of Nerds) - the internationally acclaimed science club at Charlottesville High School. Students work in self-directed teams in areas such as environmental impact, aerospace engineering, robotics, and more.
Virtual & Global
- January 25 (deadline) - eCYBERMISSION - create a team, identify a problem, work together to explore the problem, share you findings and win prizes. Open to 6th-9th grade students.
- January 27 (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) - Better Great Achievements from Engineer Girl. Write a piece that shows how female and/or non-white engineers have contributed to or can enhance engineering’s great achievements. The contest is open to individual girls and boys in the following three competition categories: Elementary School Students (grades 3-5), Middle School Students (grades 6-8), or High School Students (grades 9-12).
- March 15 (deadline) - Computer Science in Youth Neighborhood Competition is co-hosted by the Virginia Department of Education and CodeVA for children ages 5-18 to share their ideas about a product, app, art, robot, or anything that connects together or connects us together.
- March 22 (registration closes) - Technovation Challenge 2023 launches. They have added a Beginner division for ages 8-12 along with Junior division for ages 13-15 and Senior division for ages 16-18.
- April 4 (challenge ends) - CyberStart America is a free, learn-as-you-go online program designed to help students in grades 9-12 learn about cyber as they complete fun puzzles and challenges. Top-scoring eligible players will be invited to apply for cyber training scholarships worth $3000.
- June 16-30, July 10-21, July 31-Aug 11 - Girls Who Code 2-week Summer Immersion Program where high school students attend live, virtual classes sponsored by industry-leading companies like MetLife, Bank of America, and Accenture.
- CodeVA offers a variety of online and in-person (Richmond, VA) workshops for students in grades K-8th.
- 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 4th–8th 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.