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TechGirlz is changing the equation.
We are a Philadelphia-based nonprofit striving to bridge
the gender gap in technology by engaging middle-school girls
at the elementary level.

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with this exciting organization.



Women make up 50 percent of NASA’s incoming team of astronauts

(Source: mnemehoshiko)

Teenager plans 'hacker school' to help Africa build next Google

dayofthegirlus:

"Girls 'beat boys' in skills-based science subjects" by Judith Burns (BBC News)

"At a time when UK industry is crying out for more people with Stem qualifications, we have to get more of this female talent into the workforce."

- Helen Wollaston of Women into Science and Engineering

(Source: dayofthegirlus)

dinosaurspen:

Computing pioneer you may not know: Margaret Hamilton.
The director of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory’s Software Engineering Division, Hamilton was one of the head software engineers for the Apollo Guidance Computer. Although her extensive contributions helped secure the success of the Apollo space program, her achievements remain a relative footnote in history.

dinosaurspen:

Computing pioneer you may not know: Margaret Hamilton.

The director of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory’s Software Engineering Division, Hamilton was one of the head software engineers for the Apollo Guidance Computer. Although her extensive contributions helped secure the success of the Apollo space program, her achievements remain a relative footnote in history.

Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.
—Sheryl Sandberg (via acodetojoy)

(Source: logicandgrace)

TechGirlz Camp 2013: Developer Andrew Larkin’s reflections

I’m always thrilled when I see a young person get interested in technology, doubly so when that young person is a girl.

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Girls (Who Code) Rule The World

Today the girls took a tour of Drexel’s Excite Center, where they got a chance to take a peek into the fashion lab to watch how fashion intersects with technology (photo 1.) They also saw a real robot do “the robot” (photo 2) and play a little game of soccer (photo 4). On top of that, they were introduced to Drexel’s magnetic resonator piano, which has the ability to bend notes, achieve a perfect crescendo, and even map out the harmonics for each note pressed (photo 3.)

As a counselor, I was impressed by the positive feedback I received from the girls on my team about the visit. A lot of the time, young girls have a tendency to think of computer science as strictly hard programming - when in fact, it encompasses SO much more than that. Here, they were able to watch technology meld into the arts of fashion design and music composition, which opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for them.

- Counselor Becca


Darwin the Robot does the robot at the ExCite Center! We learned how the Center brings Tech, Engineering, Textiles and Art together.

Brainstorming and sharing our SWOT analyses at the TechGirlz Entrepreneur Camp today.

SWOT Team Invades TechGirlz Camp

Today, market researcher Jumoke Dada taught our girls about SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats). After listing a few examples of each of the above, I know my girls are looking at their app with a new perspective. They just finished rewording their elevator pitches with strengths and marketable ideas. With final presentations only a day away, the excitement in the room is almost tangible!

-Counselor Kelsey of team Wuffy Puppy

Developer Day - the busiest day of the TechGirlz Entrepreneur Camp! After prioritizing features and creating a marketing plan yesterday, the girls are working hard to create real, working interfaces of their apps with developers today.

Developer Day - the busiest day of the TechGirlz Entrepreneur Camp! 

After prioritizing features and creating a marketing plan yesterday, the girls are working hard to create real, working interfaces of their apps with developers today.

Team Wuffy Puppy

We have been assigned a developer today and the girls are working just wonderfully with her! This group really went all out with the design of the app and Sarah (our developer) was very excited to get started. Now everyone is working away on projects such as logos and researching competition. I’m so proud of these girls for working so hard and I can’t WAIT to see the app in action!

-Kelsey, Camp Counselor 

Day one of TechGirlz Entrepreneur Camp!

Meet Sara, Taylor, and their counselor, Becca - a few members of the 
Famil-E 
team at the TechGirlz Entrepreneur Camp! 

Today, the girls learned all about marketing strategy and product management. They crafted elevator pitches (see our own drafts above), defined their target audience, and even began drafting wireframes for their apps, or layouts for their websites.

On top of that, each team created public surveys to receive user feedback on each individual startup. If you have a moment to help our girls out, consider taking our short surveys here!

Elevator Pitch for “Where’d It Go?” Mobile App - Find your lost retainer before those perfect pearly whites shift!!!

Elevator Pitch for “Where’d It Go?” Mobile App - Find your lost retainer before those perfect pearly whites shift!!!