Explore the Possibilities in Science and Technology!

SheTech Explorer Day is a free hands-on tech conference for high school girls 9th through 12th grade. This day-long event will include hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Our ultimate goal is to expose girls to technology in a fun atmosphere as well as meet STEM role models to learn more about opportunities in those fields.

The day is tech interactive and enables girls to experience, innovate and create. Girls start in the morning with some working sessions where they explore STEM fields such as robotics, computer programming, digital media, health and microbiology.  After the workshops they get to hear from a female industry visionary.  In the afternoon the girls experience the TechChallenge where they work with industry mentors to ideate, solve and pitch their solutions.

SheTech is held at Boise State University in the Student Union Building
1700 W University Dr, Boise, ID 83725

Schedule
8:00-8:45 Student arrival and check in
8:45-2:00 SheTech event

2020 Workshops

Think you know what you’re good at? Get a deeper look at your most unique strengths, how they set you apart from the crowd, and how they set you up for success in a STEM career in this introspective workshop.

Did you know that working in technology is not just coding? You don’t have to be a scientist or mathematician, come learn about how a curiosity about human behavior can propel you into important research and design roles in technology.

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, align their personal reputation (including online), and practice and demonstrate them. Get ready to be one step closer to being prepared for University and Beyond.

The Ms. GreyHat Organization presents Hack the Gender Gap, a workshop focused on introducing young women to the exciting and vital 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!

Working with Raptors will focus on different career options in wildlife biology and conservation. We will also talk about the science behind animal training and how we teach our birds to fly and come back to us. Finally, you can get nose-to-beak with two of our avian educational ambassadors and learn what makes them so cool!

We want our online purchases now! With companies like Amazon providing 1 hour delivery times, other online retailers are scrambling to keep up. Careers in robotics and industrial automation are two of the most in-demand fields for new graduates. Learn how automation is getting products to consumers faster. Learn about robotics with a hands on electronics activity you get to take home.

Do you know Python? Here is your opportunity to explore this free/opensource programming language. We will start with a basic (boring) camera program. Using Raspberry Pi as the computer, you with work in teams to create a custom photo booth application. Some programming experience is necessary, but you do not need to be an expert.

Learn the basics of web development, including html structures, css styling, and javascript. The workshop will take a look at how to make pages respond to a design. We will also touch on responsive development, common practices, workflow, and thinking about coding for the disabled.

Scholarship funds are out there and this interactive workshop will help you find them. You’ll walk away from this session with increased knowledge about personal statements, essay writing, requesting letters of recommendation, and an action plan about what you can do to ensure that your application stands out from the rest.

Group members will learn about algorithms, coding, debugging, functions, and parameters. All of these concepts will introduce students to core software engineering principles.

VR is cutting edge technology, and can be used for many applications. Game development in VR is the perfect way to learn the ropes in the VR world.

Boise WaterShed staff will lead participants through a water quality testing challenge. Participants will try to determine where three samples of water come from based on values they get during experimentation. They will learn about careers in water quality, how to use certain probes and sensors, and about the Boise River Watershed and how it relates to the livelihood of the Treasure Valley.

“Everything you use, digital or physical, was designed by someone. Designers are in demand around the world and in Boise.

This hands-on workshop will take attendees through a typical design process starting with understanding the problem, rapid sketching, prototyping, and iterating on the design as new information comes in. By the end of the session, attendees will have sketched 2-3 iteration of an app or website.”

Discussing problem solving within the STEM realm. Including a hands on building activity focussing on structures and stress analysis.  Will the structures stand or will they “squish”?  Plus a robot demonstration by FRC team 5461 V.E.R.N.

Blockchain engineers on average make $150k-$175k and 83% of Fortune 500 companies surveyed have shown interest in investing in blockchain development. The interactive nature is for students to understand how to read and interpret ERC20 smart contract and issue their own tokens.

Students will learn what it means to be a veterinarian and how to become a veterinarian. They will also learn how to perform a physical examination, CPR, and some basic suturing techniques. Finally, we will work through a case of a sick dog and they will be responsible for finding the diagnosis.

Product development has a need for all sorts of careers, from programming to mechanical engineering to product management to design to marketing to research. Meet a wide range of people doing different jobs in product development, learn how they got there, and find what excites you!

Knowing the basics of web development is crucial to starting a business or doing interactive reports for school, understanding the tool behind web design sets us apart in the STEM world.

Building information modeling is a process supported by various tools and technologies involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. We plan on doing a Hands-on activity to demonstrate BIM.

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