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

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