STEM for Girls

Calling all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math members to participate in this new Interest Group to support local STEM activities for our area’s girls, including the AAUW-IL Tech Savvy Event. We might even start our own smaller projects!

If you want to join or just learn more, contact Denise Dean.

AAUW Tech Savvy is a daylong Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grade to these fields and to inform families about STEM education and careers. The Chicagoland AAUW Tech Savvy Conference to be held at Triton College in River Grove on Saturday March 24, 2018 is based on a similar conference held successfully at the University of Buffalo.

To learn more about Tech Savvy on the AAUW Tech Savvy National Site click here.

Below are typical workshop sessions offered at our Tech Savvy conference:

Sample Tech Savvy Sessions FROM PREVIOUS YEARS:  Girls should pick 3 workshops:

1.       It’s Electric   Be a design engineer and build a battery-powered car while exploring the physics of simple circuits and wiring diagrams.

2.    DNA: Life’s Blueprint  Discover the link between DNA and heredity, using strawberries!

3.       Neuroscience  All of our senses involve the brain, including sleep, so we’ll learn about our brains and sleep.

4.       Nanotechnology   Explore the common materials used to make solar cells, and assemble these cells into a solar panel.

5.       Architecture and Design Thinking

6.       Robotics   Build and remote control a Lego Robot.

7.       Create Your Own App   Use the MIT App Inventor to design your own app!

8.       Vertebrate Paleobiology   Examine fossils, using them to reconstruct an ancient ecosystem.

9.     Roller Coaster Physics – Energy in Motion Make energy transform into motion and observe how a roller coaster moves from potential to kinetic energy.

11.  Airplanes are Awesome Come build and fly your own airplane.

12.   Infrared Astronomy: More than Your Eyes Can See Learn how NASA astronomers use the SOFIA telescope to see beyond the visible light spectrum into infrared. Build your own infrared detector and “listen to light”. Learn how to use infrared light to power your cell phone and more.


Sample Leadership Skills Afternoon Workshops FROM PREVIOUS YEARS: Girls can pick ONE

      1.  Assertiveness 101   Assertiveness in a male-dominated field.

      2.  Leading Leaders   Learn about your leadership style and how it works for you.

      3.  What does your Selfie say about you? A self-empowerment workshop to build up your              self-esteem.

      4.  Having Fun with Public Speaking Building confidence in public speaking by                                    fun activities that require speaking in front of the group.

      5.  Turning Ideas into Reality  Enhance your creativity and learn to use your gray matter.

      6.  Yoga  How yoga can help us be grounded and relieve stress.

      7.  Networking

      8.  Go Team!  Impress your peers with  amazing relationship building techniques.


Sample Parent/Care Giver Tech Savvy Skills workshops FROM PREVIOUS YEARS, Parents can choose TWO

1. Social Media Use of Social Media and how it can affect your kids.

2. Assertiveness 101 No one can live your life but you. Role play and practice taking action for yourself.

3. Scholarships Discover what scholarships are out there and how to help you prepare and apply for them.

4. Create an App Use the MIT App inventor to design your own app!