220 junior high girls attended TechGirlz a hands on, all day event for girls at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place in downtown Boise.

TechGirlz is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology occupations, by focusing on girls at the crucial middle school age.  Through workshops featuring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) girls can see there’s more to tech careers than just coding. The event inspires girls to explore the possibilities of technology and empower their future careers.  After attending a TechGirlz event 81% of girls change their mind about a tech career.

The event featured 11 different workshop options, 11 tech zones, and a design think challenge where girls designed a better backpack, and present educators participated in a design think workshop as well.  All girls who attended received a $500 grant to the College of Idaho redeemable if they attend the college. Through events like this, we strive to create a world where girls have a lifelong passion and confidence in their use of technology.

By the Numbers

1

220

Junior High Girls 

2

75

Volunteers

3

11

Tech Zone Experiences

4

11

Workshops Taught

5

220

College of Idaho Participation Grants Awarded

6

13

Educator Design Think Workshop Attendees

“In my opening comments, I shared with the girls that engineers will solve tomorrow’s problems and I posed the question to them if they wanted boys to solve those problems for the world. The response was a resounding, NO!”
– Alecia Hoobing, President, Co-Founder of W.IN

“My teacher chose me to come to TechGirlz and I was excited but didn’t really know what it was about. It was so cool and so much fun and, like, it made me want to work harder in my math and science classes because I think I want to be an engineer now.  I also met some cool kids from other schools and we made an awesome backpack.”
– Participant from Sage Valley Middle School in Caldwell

“Really, we get to go to a workshop and you guys are going to cover everything else? This has been the most relaxing school activity I’ve ever done.”
– Middle School Teacher and TechGirlz Chaperone

TechGirlz Workshops

Whether in school or career, we believe following your passions and interests inspires happiness and success! And although it sounds easy, it can sometimes be difficult to identify exactly what our desires are or how to take them to the next level. In this dynamic workshop, students will learn to identify interests and passions, and discover how to find opportunities, to practice and demonstrate them. Get ready to be one step closer to being prepared for University and Beyond.

No experience required! This workshop is a great introduction to coding and will inspire students to push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Join the HP Women’s Impact Network and ignite your inner-geek to make Binary Jewelry while you learn the fundamentals of coding and gain an understanding of all the possibilities the world has to offer to Girls Who Code.

Hack the Gender Gap is a workshop focused on introducing young women to the exciting and up and coming field of Cyber Security! Cyber Security impacts everything, with a multitude of career paths offered in the industry that allow professionals to truly customize their careers around both their passions and skills. Everything from ethically hacking networks, reacting to incidents and breaches, understanding new cyber threats and deploying mitigations to defend against them, to even understanding risk management and how to help companies develop their cybersecurity posture, this industry is booming and ready for #girlpower!

Learn all about how you can harness the power of the sun! Converting the sun’s energy into power for everyday use. Now only will you be learning about solar energy but you will be making your very own solar powered house!

The fear of failing can be paralyzing. Whether in product development or your personal life, fear can block you from starting something new or keep you from finishing something amazing. Learn how to conquer your fear, embrace and celebrate failure, and turn failure into a step toward personal and professional success

Everyone has the potential to be a great leader. Learn to harness your inner leader and apply it in your life. Through this skill building workshop you will learn to find the leader and you and unlock your potential!

Have a great idea? Well turn that idea into a reality through the creative process and design thinking. Take your ideas to the next level by learning all about the design thinking process and how you can take a simple problem and create winning solution!

Become a biomedical engineer during this workshop by teaming up to help unclog blood vessels! You’ll use everyday materials to design and develop a device that could help prevent heart attacks. While learning all about the circulatory system and biomedical engineering.

Even though they are small, discover the giant power of microbes! You’ll learn all about microbes and take part in a fun experiment using microbes to create clean water!

Do you ever wonder what goes into Bath Bombs and how they work? Now you’ll be able to make your own and understand how they react in your tub to create that relaxing bath experience!

Create your own beautiful light up circuit flower! You’ll learn about how a circuit works and also build your own circuit to light up a handmade flower. Who knew that electricity could be so beautiful!

Experience Virtual Reality first hand and discover how companies are making this technology possible. You’ll learn and experience Virtual Reality technology and it’s endless possibilities!

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