Dynamic Tech Savvy Conference for 6th- to 9th-Grade Girls Returns to Trinity March 4

AAUW CT Hosts Math and Science Event to Inspire Girls to Pursue STEM

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Michelle Kovarik leads a "Take
Water Apart" workshop, which she will offer again at Tech Savvy 2017. Photo by AJ Hollopeter
Hartford, CT, January 31, 2017 – On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the American Association of University Women’s Connecticut Chapter (AAUW CT) will host its fourth annual Tech Savvy Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Trinity College.

The conference is open to sixth- through ninth-grade girls who want to learn about careers in science, technology, math, and engineering (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 conducted by female leaders in STEM professions. Workshops will include "Make Your Own Android App," "Amazing Chemistry," "Comparing Mammalian Brains," "3D Design and Printing," "Medical Devices" and more.

Event organizers include Trinity alumna and AAUW CT Co-President Donna Haghighat ’89 and Alison Draper, director of Trinity’s Science Center and lecturer in interdisciplinary science. Trinity College President and Professor of Neuroscience Joanne Berger-Sweeney will welcome Tech Savvy attendees. Among the workshop presenters will be Trinity faculty members as well as Trinity students who participate in the following organizations: TC Chemistry Society, TC Neuroscience Club, Nu Rho Psi (a neuroscience honor society), TC Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, TC Chapter of Society of Women Engineers, and TC STEM Ed Student Club.

The keynote speaker will be Erin Duffy, chief scientific officer of Melinta Therapeutics, responsible for translating the company’s Nobel Prize-winning crystallography ribosome modeling into the discovery and early-stage development of novel antibiotic candidates.

Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold fewer than 25 percent of STEM jobs. AAUW CT is one of 17 nationwide Tech Savvy sites working to improve those numbers. Connecticut’s TechSavvy program is funded in part by AAUW, AAUW CT, NASA CT Space Grant, the Petit Family Foundation, and the generosity of individual local donors.

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

For more information about Tech Savvy 2017, click here.