3.5 MILLION COMPUTING RELATED U.S. JOB OPENINGS EXPECTED BY 2026*
19% OF THESE JOBS COULD BE FILLED BY U.S. COMPUTING BACHELOR'S DEGREE RECIPIENTS BY 2026*
ONLY 19% OF 2017 COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCES BACHELOR'S DEGREE RECIPIENTS WERE WOMEN*

* Department of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections
** Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS) at National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2017

our mission

CTG’s mission is to engage school age girls in a collaborative and enriching environment that will ignite their passion for STEM careers with the purpose of empowering them to drive continuous positive change in their world. We actively encourage our girls to seek challenging and fulfilling careers that ignore traditional gender bias by connecting them with role models, mentors, and opportunities to develop their interests, skills, and personal networks. CTG’s ultimate goal is academic change, financial security, and representative leadership for the women of Central Ohio.

how we work

  • CoolTechGirls Host two to three-hour sessions with speakers/women leaders/discussion on topics related to STEM.
  • CoolTechGirls Hands on training events/Field Trips, Career Exploration sessions, Speaker Panels, Networking events.
  • CoolTechGirls Co-host STEM related events with local community partners like Hackathons.
  • CoolTechGirls Connect girls to STEM leaders, companies and the community.

ways you can help

Your contributions will help provide these opportunities and resources for the girls of today to create the world of tomorrow. Help us educate and empower more girls with the chance to change the world.

There are multiple ways to support this organization. Donations through the CoolTechGirls website are incredibly helpful. Your donations will help us:

  • CoolTechGirls Fund lab spaces to host our sessions.
  • CoolTechGirls Fund equipment.
  • CoolTechGirls Fund program managers and workshop coordinators.
  • CoolTechGirls Seed funding to start the initiative to create a CoolTechGirls in a box program that will enable expansion of CTG program beyond Central Ohio.

Our donations are collected by Community Shares of Central Ohio. It is a coalition of locally-based, non-profit organizations. On the Give Now page, you can choose any amount that fits within your budget. Your tax-free donation will help keep our programs free of cost for Central Ohio school-age girls.

Donations can be accepted through the CoolTechGirls (www.cooltechgirls.org) website or via mail. Our non-profit partner Community Shares will be collecting donations on behalf of CoolTechGirls.

  • CoolTechGirls Please have all checks made out to Community Shares and write on the Memo line: Donation for CoolTechGirls.
  • CoolTechGirls Community Shares will be sending thank you and acknowledgment letters to each donor.
  • CoolTechGirls Mail checks to Community Shares, 1699 W Mound St, Columbus, OH 43223.

GIVE

If you would like to see more women in tech jobs, it all starts with little girls and their aspirations. If you are looking to expose your daughters to different STEM careers, please support us by clicking the Donate Today button.

SPONSOR

Collaborate with us and sponsor our events! Our girls would love to see your office and engage with Role Models from your company.

GET INVOLVED

CoolTechGirls is a volunteer-run group. Join us today to make an impact in our community.

Featured Programs

CTG November Scratch Workshop

Join us for the November Scratch event in partnership with The Ohio State University’s ACM-W chapter. This is a free Computer Science workshop that aims to enable students to see the power and fun of programming. Activities include interactive programming with Scratch using Google CS First. 

This event is only open to girls between 5th & 8th grades.

The Ohio State University Dreese Labs
2015 Neil Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Date: Saturday November 16, 2019
Time: 10AM – 12PM

CTG is launching #TECHNOFASHION PROGRAM

Partnering with Dublin City Schools

TECHNOFASHION is a series of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workshops paced over a year-long program culminating in a design challenge. The program aims to educate girls in electronics and programming, strengthen their self-confidence, boost their awareness of team dynamics, help them develop leadership skills, and attract them towards STEM careers in the future. In the first half of the program, TECHNOFASHION participants work in teams to self-explore sewable electronics and learn how to program them. In the second half, a Design Challenge is assigned, and teams work in their own creative ways to design and build TECHNOFASHION prototypes that will compete at a year-end Competition. Two technical workshops will provide participants with hands-on kits and homework assignments, while a leadership workshop will help participants strengthen their self-confidence and develop leadership skills. Mentors will be available throughout the TECHNOFASHION experience to guide girls as needed.

technical mentors​

Prof. Betty Lise Anderson
Professor and Associate Chair
Dept. of Electrical and
Computer Engineering
The Ohio State University
Dr. Isabel Fernandez Puentes
Lecturer
Dept. of Electrical and
Computer Engineering
The Ohio State University
Sydeah Zahra Atiq
Assistant Professor of Practice
Dept. of Computer Science and
Engineering
The Ohio State University

TechnoFashion Sponsor

TechnoFashion Schedule

Workshop held at the ElectroScience Laboratory. Kit is distributed.

Participants work on assigned homework projects (teams created).

Workshop held at the ElectroScience Laboratory. Kit on programming sewable electronics is distributed to the girls.

Participants work on assigned homework projects (in teams).

A Design Challenge related to TECHNOFASHION is announced (participants work in teams).

Workshop at the ElectroScience Laboratory.

Workshop on “Leadership Development”.

Design Challenge Competition.

CoolTechGirls (CTG) is a nonprofit organization (in partnership with the City of Dublin) with a vision to create a supportive and collaborative environment to school age girls to ignite their passion in science and technology.

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volunteer run

TEDx Innovation Drive - July 7th, 2018

We are honored that Purba Majumder, our Founder, was chosen to be a speaker at the first-ever TEDx event – TEDx Innovation Drive in Dublin. The theme was “Challenge the Status Quo” and the event goal was to bring the community together to discuss and connect to deeper TED-like ideas through live speakers and TED Talks videos.

people talk about us

"CoolTechGirls is an organization that inspires girls by showing them the possibilities of STEM fields. The organization does an excellent job of mentoring girls of all ages in the STEM community. The networking skills I've learned from CoolTechGirls have increased my confidence and inspired me to advocate for girls participating in STEM activities. "
Kaitlin B. - Senior at High School
(2018)
"I have attended CoolTechGirls sessions and volunteered with them during my Freshman and Sophomore years. The sessions gave me knowledge that I wouldn't have explored otherwise and the volunteering gave me an opportunity to experience knowledge-sharing and interact with girls from Grade 4-12 and see how they perceived technology. "
Tanya G. - Senior at High School
(2018)
"CoolTechGirls has opened so many doors for me and I would highly recommend it to any girl looking at a future in the STEM fields. I went in knowing nothing about coding and they showed me all the ropes and by the end I had created my own website. I got to meet a lot of girls in college who had been doing this for years and were able to talk to me about it more in depth and I was able to network with them and got to learn from multiple perspectives."
Melissa P. - Senior at High School
(2017)
"Like most 9th graders, Michelle was exploring extra curriculars for high school. That’s when I heard about CoolTech Girls, and registered her. Although hesitant at first, she decided to give it a try. Needless to say, she thoroughly enjoyed the learning that was imparted, and the experiences that were shared. I believe this gave her the nudge she needed to realize her ambition and goals. Today, she is pursuing a STEM field in college. Thank you CoolTech Girls! I hope you can continue to inspire young minds."
Sandra C. - Parent
(2018)