AAUW CT’s Tech Savvy Conference for 6th- through 9th-Grade Girls Returns to Trinity

American Association of University Women Hosts March 24 STEM Event for Girls, Parents, Teachers

Alison Draper leads a 2017 Tech Savvy workshop.
Photo by Jenny Smith.
Hartford, Connecticut, March 7, 2018 – On Saturday, March 24, 2018, the American Association of University Women’s Connecticut Chapter (AAUW CT) will host its fifth annual Tech Savvy Conference from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Trinity College.

The conference is open to sixth- through ninth-grade girls who want to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and for parents and educators who want to encourage girls to realize their potential in these fields. Online registration for Tech Savvy is now open here.

Tech Savvy will include more than a dozen hands-on workshops and presentations led by female leaders in STEM professions. Workshops will include Make Your Own Android App, 3D Design and Printing, Forensic Science, Saving a Life: Heart Valve Replacement, and more.

Successful women professionals will offer firsthand information on how STEM fields can lead to exciting careers. During the one-day program, adults will receive information on how to help girls get on a path to a college education and a career in STEM. Adult workshops and panel discussions will feature women in STEM careers and current female college students pursuing STEM majors, providing parents, guardians, and teachers the tools to encourage girls’ exploration of STEM careers.

Trinity President Joanne Berger-Sweeney visits with
2017 Tech Savvy attendees in Mather Hall's
Washington Room. Photo by John Marinelli.
Event organizers include Trinity alumna and AAUW CT Co-President Donna Haghighat ’89, Alison Draper, director of Trinity’s Center for Interdisciplinary Science, and Shakira Ramos Crespo ’02. Trinity College President and Professor of Neuroscience Joanne Berger-Sweeney will welcome Tech Savvy attendees. Among the workshop presenters will be faculty and students from Trinity as well as the University of Hartford and Central Connecticut State University. Also, this year, two new workshops are offered by members of the local chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

While women hold nearly half of jobs in the U.S. economy, they continue to hold less than a quarter of STEM jobs. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Connecticut Chapter is working to improve those numbers. Connecticut’s Tech Savvy program is funded in part by AAUW CT, the Petit Family Foundation, and the generosity of individual local donors.

Tech Savvy and similar programs are one way to increase the number of women in the STEM pipeline. Other recommendations, including suggestions for employers, appear in AAUW’s 2015 research report, Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing.

Read about last year’s Tech Savvy conference and Trinity’s involvement here.

Register to attend Tech Savvy here.