TECH SAVVY

Tech Savvy 2018 was a success! Check back with us in a few months for the first info about Tech Savvy in 2019.

 

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DONATE NOW TO TECH SAVVY
Make check payable to: Tech Savvy-Fox Cities
Mail to Susan Morrissey, 387 Naymut St., Menasha, WI 54952

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. There are also informative workshops planned just for the parents/guardians/mentors who attend.

Date, Time, and Location: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:30 to 4:00, UW-Fox Valley, Menasha, WI
Cost: Only $7 per girl and an additional $7 for each parent/guardian attending with her. Cash and checks are accepted at the door.

Parking: Our parking lot is on the west side of the Communication Arts Center. Use Entrance 16W on the west side of the building. Parking is free and plentiful.

Click HERE for a map of the Campus Buildings and Parking.

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

Tech Savvy and Girl Savvy Workshops for 2018

First year girls:  Choose Two STEM Morning 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

Girls who have attended previously: Choose Three STEM Morning Workshops

Tech Savvy Morning Sessions

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.

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!

Passport into the Watershed  We will explore our watershed and discover pollution that is impacting the lakes and rivers we care about. We will answer questions like, how does water move across the landscape? What types of pollutants does stormwater carry to our waterways? And, what can be done on the land, in our cities, around our homes to protect our waters?

Math Games In this session we will play a couple fun strategy games and uncover their mathematical secrets. Come ready to play and ready to think!

Making Esters – The Foundation of Perfume How do you combine two chemicals that stink and come up smelling like a rose?

Fun with Electrophoresis!  Participants will explore the concepts of molecular size and charge. Students then apply these concepts to gel electrophoresis of differently charged dyes, performing techniques such as micropipetting and gel loading & analysis.

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.

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.

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.

Girl Savvy Sessions – Afternoon

It All Adds Up!     Learn how to budget based on income.  As a student thinking about how money is earned and where it is spent may not always be a priority.  Once a job is secured and work in a profession begins, we need to know how to plan for an income and how to reasonably spend the money earned.  During this session, you will find out how “It All Adds Up!”

Seeing Yourself in the Future This is a panel discussion of women working in STEM careers.

How Do I Get Ready? – Preparing for College and Picking the Right One For girls who have been to Tech Savvy before – going deeper into career planning and decision-making

Managing Your Priorities    Success in STEM requires organizational skills to prioritize the important goals in your life.  This interactive workshop focuses on identifying your priorities and a model for how to use your time to meet your goals.

Are You Ready for a STEM Career? For girls new to Tech Savvy – Follow-up to the morning College Savvy.

Rise to the Challenge!  The best technical innovations of our time would not exist without the ability to communicate an idea and work with a team to bring it to reality. In this session you will practice communication skills and problem-solving within a team while solving a hands-on challenge. Following the challenge, the group will analyze the communication strategies each team utilized and assess their effectiveness.

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 Girl Savvy Skills Workshops
1:40 – 2:15 Girl Savvy Skills Workshops
2:20 – 2:50 Girl Savvy Skills Workshops
3:00-3:30 Keynote Speaker w/adults
3:30-4:00 Closing Ceremony w/adults

 Parent/Adult Workshops

 Choice of Workshops – offered twice during the day.  The complete schedule will be available when you register.

 Career Cruising and Academic Career Planning- Find out about the latest in Academic and Career Planning (ACP).  While ACP is required of all public school districts that serve students in grades 6-12 beginning in the fall of 2017, the concept is good for all students in any educational setting.  Career Cruising software for students and staff is one of the tools.  Find out how these tools can be used to help your child explore STEM careers.

How Can I Help?  Helpful Tips for Parents- Keep your daughter inspired to continue in STEM courses and consider STEM careers.

 Glimpse of the Future-This is a panel discussion of women working in STEM careers.

Considering Post High School Options – Panel of recruiters

 How Much Will this Cost?  – EdVest and applying for financial aid

 Making the Right Choice – Finding a Career, a College, and Applying for Acceptance

1:00-1:50  Open Selection Time–Use this time to visit 1 of the activities the students experienced:

1.  Passport into the Watershed
We will explore our watershed and discover pollution that is impacting the lakes and rivers we care about. We will answer questions like, how does water move across the landscape? What types of pollutants does stormwater carry to our waterways? And, what can be done on the land, in our cities, around our homes to protect our waters?

2.  Browse the Weis Earth Museum—your nametag is your passport.

3.  Experience the Barlow Planetarium–doors close promptly at 1:00pm for a 25 minute show. If you select this option, you need to stay for the entire presentation.

Adults’ 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
1:00-1:50 Session 4
2:00-2:50 Session 5
3:00-3:30 Keynote Speaker w/girls
3:30-4:00 Closing Ceremony w/girls

Questions?

If you have questions about the March 3rd Tech Savvy event, send an email to apposhtechsavvy@gmail.com. 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.

Email apposhtechsavvy@gmail.com.  Be sure to include your contact info: full name, phone number with area code, and email address.

Click to view our Tech Savvy 2015 highlights video

Click here to see our Photo Gallery from Tech Savvy 2015

Press Release:                                                                                

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact
Jeanne Tondryk
apposhtechsavvy@gmail.com
920-966-0204

Collaboration between the Appleton and Oshkosh branches of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) recently resulted in a second successful grant application to the national AAUW, enabling them to present Tech Savvy, a one-day conference for area girls in grades 6-9 and their parents/guardians.  This year’s Tech Savvy conference will be held at UW Fox Valley, Menasha, Wisconsin, on Saturday, March 3, 2018.  Registration and application forms will be available throughout Outagamie and Winnebago county school districts in mid-February.

Tech Savvy is a national AAUW program started in 2006 by Tamara Brown of the Buffalo (NY) AAUW branch.  It is 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.  The AAUW-Appleton/Oshkosh Tech Savvy was one of only 22 pilot programs nationwide for 2016, seven of these being new conference sites.  About 250 girls and their parents/guardians, encouraged by teachers, counselors, and coaches, will be invited to register for the conference.  Since its inception, Tech Savvy has reached over 2000 girls in the past seven years, and led Brown to be named a White House “Creator of Change.”

Jeanne Tondryk, of the Oshkosh AAUW branch, is the local Committee Co-chair and Fundraising Coordinator. The committee also includes Stephanie Malaney, Co-chair and marketing and outreach coordinator,  and Jacqueline E. Klimaszewski, curriculum and volunteer coordinator. Karen Reiter will be our volunteer manager

 


AAUW (American Association of University Women) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Learn more and join us at www.aauw.org.