On Tuesday, March 14, Thursday, March 16, and Friday, March 17 the NH Department of Education will proudly co-sponsor the Girls Technology Day, in partnership with the NH Community College System. The events will be held at NHTI, University of NH Durham, and Manchester Community College, respectively. 500 high school freshmen and sophomore young women are expected.
The event will focus on freshmen and sophomore students because that is the age when many students begin focusing on interests that ultimately may become career paths. According to Generation STEM: What Girls Say About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, a 2012 report by the Girl Scout Research Institute, “women account for about only 20% of the bachelor’s degrees in engineering, computer science, and physics” and “regardless of the specific area of STEM, only about 25% of these positions are held by women.”
The Girls Technology Day team is changing this by getting young women interested and invested in the technical fields early in their high school careers. Workshops at this year’s events will allow the students to explore diverse topics such as:
- 3D Modeling
- Game Programming with Greenfoot
- App Development for Mobile Devices
- Ethernet Cable Building
- Microbial Fuel Cells
Workshops will be led by educators and industry leaders from the local community.
During their lunch break, students will also have the opportunity to attend a technology exhibition, where they can learn about college options, see more technology at work, and even learn about signing up for internships.
To register: Students enroll through their school or CTE center. Students should contact the school CTE director, school counselor or principal for more information.
This event is not hosted or sponsored by the Council and is included as a courtesy to members.