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What is Tech Savvy?

Tech Savvy is a one-day conference designed to give sixth to ninth grade girls an opportunity to experience firsthand how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields can lead to exciting careers. This is the only Tech Savvy conference in Wisconsin and it will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in Menasha on Saturday, April 8, 2017 for area girls in grades 6-9 and their parents/guardians. The cost is only $5 per girl and an additional $5 for each parent/guardian attending with her. Cash and checks are accepted at the door if not previously registered.

Click HERE for a link to Google Maps to get directions to the UW-Fox Valley campus.

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Use Entrance 16W on the west side of the Communication Arts Center on the day of Tech Savvy. Parking is free and plentiful.

AAUW Tech Savvy-WI     Appleton/Oshkosh, WI branches
Saturday, April 8, 2017 UW Fox Valley
Tech Savvy Conference Details

7:30 AM-8:30 AM Check-in and Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:00 PM Conference

Workshop Start & End times:

Workshop 1-9-9:50am     Workshop 2-10-10:50am      Workshop 3-11-11:50am

Girls STEM Workshops:

First year girls:  Choose Two STEM Workshops and College Savvy

College Savvy
Explore the STEM programs at local technical, 2-year and 4-year colleges.  Learn about college interviewing and possible STEM courses in areas you find interesting

Returning girls:  Choose Three STEM Workshops

Genes in a Bottle
Come capture your genetic essence in a bottle!  In this session, you will extract genomic deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from your cheek cells and watch it precipitate from solution as floating white strands.  Your very own DNA will be collected and transferred to a helix-shaped necklace that you can take home. 2 sessions of 18 girls  9:00 and 10:00

Mysterious Dark Matter
Dark Matter literally holds galaxies together, yet it is so difficult to detect that, so far, we know very little about it.  Come learn about the search for mysterious Dark Matter and how we know that it’s there in the first place!

The Strength of Paper
What do you like about plastic? It’s waterproof, it’s strong…but it’s not very environmental.  Papermakers have new technologies to strengthen paper to perform just like plastic and is better for the environment.  Test the strength of paper vs. plastic, and make a sheet of paper to take home with you.

Make Your Own Pearlized Soap
Cosmetics and personal care products are an integral part of our daily lives. Cosmetic Science is an ever growing and exciting arena for categories such as soaps, lotions, colored cosmetics, toothpastes and sunscreens. In this program, you will learn how to make a liquid hand soap.

Fuel for Fun
We eat to fuel our body for work, study, and fun. Food with vitamins and minerals will keep us healthy.   With so many food choices how do you choose healthy fuel?  Explore the foods you eat, investigate the health impact of your favorite snacks, and learn how to make healthy fuel choices.  One Session 11:00-11:50

Microorganisms in My Food??
Did you know the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms, typically involving effervescence and the giving off of heat can be delicious?   Learn about fermentation through the making of pizza dough!

Bioluminescence – Make Bacteria Glow in the Dark
Participants will do a genetic transformation of the luciferase gene into E. coli bacteria and observe the bioluminescence of the previously transformed bacteria. We will discuss the concepts of DNA, genes, cloning and the use of bacteria in molecular biology, and careers and training in biotechnology.10:00 session and 11:00 session only

Lady Gogo – Car Build and Race
Build a “car” out of some old CDs and office supplies and race against your new-found friends! Then make some tweaks and see how it changes the speed, distance traveled, and ability to go straight. Learn from engineers how design and test iterations are used throughout the engineering process.

Crime Scene Detective
Your classroom has been trashed and your classroom pet is missing. Blood and muddy shoe prints are scattered on the floor.  It’s up to you to solve the mystery. Use forensic science tools to solve the crime and identify the suspect. One 2-hour session:  9:00-10:50

Knowing the Code – Computer Coding
Behind everyday life there are computer scientists writing code to make smart phones work, broadcast radio, create video games and so much more.  Computer scientists use math, logic and perseverance to write software to better everyday life.  Please join us at Know the Code to learn more.  Workshops 1 & 2 sessions only

Seeing in 4D:  Learning to Think Like a Geologist
Geologists are time travelers – by looking at rocks, they can conjure up long-vanished worlds.  In this session, we will travel back in time in Wisconsin to different intervals when the state was the site of coral reefs, tropical beaches, volcanoes, mountains and earthquakes.

Hacking is a Legit Career
This workshop is intended for those who are interested in learning what it takes to be a cyber-security professional. You don’t need to be a coder to be a successful hacker! In this hands-on workshop you will get a taste of how you can use your resourcefulness, your logic, your creativity, and your study habits to build a strong cyber-security career. Workshop Session #3 only

Girls’ Program

7:30am-8:30am Check-in and Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Welcome w/adults
9:00-9:50 Workshop 1 or College Savvy
10:00-10:50 Workshop 2 or College Savvy
11:00-11:50 Workshop 3 or College Savvy
12:00-12:50pm Lunch w/adults
1:00 – 1:35 Savvy Skills Workshops
1:40 – 2:15 Savvy Skills Workshops
2:20 – 2:50 Savvy Skills Workshops
3:00-3:30 Keynote Speaker w/adults
3:30-4:00 Closing Ceremony w/adults

Adult Program

7:30am-8:30am Check-in and Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Welcome w/girls
9:00-9:50 Session 1
10:00-10:50 Session 2
11:00-11:50 Session 3
12:00-12:50pm Lunch w/girls
1:00-1:55 Session 4
2:00-2:55 Session 5
3:00-3:30 Keynote Speaker w/girls
3:30-4:00 Closing Ceremony w/girls



If you have questions about the April 8th Appleton-Oshkosh Tech Savvy event, send an email to Be sure to include your contact info: full name, phone number with area code, and email address.

So you want to volunteer at Tech Savvy?

AAUW members and non-members are invited to volunteer for the day of the event. We are in need of volunteers to help with breakfast and lunch, registration, assisting presenters, and helping participants navigate the building.

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Press Release:                                                                                

January 2, 2017

Stephanie Malaney

Appleton and Oshkosh Branches to Host Dynamic Math and Science Program for Girls
on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at UW-Fox Valley

UW-Fox Valley in Menasha— Although women hold close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs. Appleton and Oshkosh Branches in Wisconsin are one of 23 AAUW National Tech Savvy sites working to improve those numbers.

Appleton and Oshkosh Branches will host an AAUW National Tech Savvy program, a daylong event designed to show girls firsthand how STEM fields can lead to exciting careers on Saturday. The conference, part of the AAUW National Tech Savvy Pilot Program will welcome 250 girls in grades six through nine and their parents to UW-Fox Valley.

Girls saw the day as FUN!, interactive, and a pretty cool experience to learn about STEM careers. Some favorite hands on STEM workshops were Dark Matter, Earth Secrets, and Bioluminescent. Parents attending said their daughters had their eyes open to possibilities and how to aim higher. The conference is more than hands on exciting opportunities with women in STEM careers because it takes more than an interest so included in the day are college and girl-empowering workshops.  One girl’s reflection on the College Savvy workshop,” I really enjoyed getting the information I needed to know to apply for college and about what careers are good for me. Having a chance to communicate with college recruiters was amazing.” Another commented when leaving, “I used my notebook and pen a lot.”

AAUW’s Tech Savvy and similar programs offer one way to increase the number of women in the STEM pipeline. Recommendations and suggestions for how institutions and employers can foster more women in these fields, particularly in the lucrative engineering and tech jobs, appear in AAUW’s research report Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing.

“This is an exciting time for women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Ana Kay Yaghoubian, STEM senior manager at AAUW. “What’s great about Tech Savvy is that it’s a family affair. Parents take part in the conference because they are an important part of the solution. We want moms, dads, and other supportive family members to encourage girls to pursue their STEM passions because too many girls still get the message that those fields aren’t for them.”

Created in 2006 by Tamara Brown, former president of the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch, Tech Savvy has since served more than 5,000 girls. As a result of her work, Brown was honored as a White House Champion of Change.


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