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Press Release 2018:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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