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
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
- Host two to three-hour sessions with speakers/women leaders/discussion on topics related to STEM.
- Hands on training events/Field Trips, Career Exploration sessions, Speaker Panels, Networking events.
- Co-host STEM related events with local community partners like Hackathons.
- Connect girls to STEM leaders, companies and the community.
ways you can help
- Fund lab spaces to host our sessions.
- Fund equipment.
- Fund program managers and workshop coordinators.
- Seed funding to start the initiative to create a CoolTechGirls in a box program that will enable expansion of CTG program beyond Central Ohio.
- Please have all checks made out to Community Shares and write on the Memo line: Donation for CoolTechGirls.
- Community Shares will be sending thank you and acknowledgment letters to each donor.
- Mail checks to Community Shares, 1699 W Mound St, Columbus, OH 43223.
CTG #TECHNOFASHION PROGRAM
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.
2019-2020 TECHNOFASHION PROGRAM SUMMARY
The 2019-2020 TECHNOFASHION event provided young girls with the opportunity to explore programming as they worked to design a product that could help the disabled. By participating, middle school girls were not only exposed to the application of programming and electronics in the real world, but they also learned about the importance of teamwork and responsibility. The event included a series of technical workshops in which the girls worked with mentors to create a program for their sewable electronics. In these workshops, a general kit was distributed to the students, which was then used to program the electronics, and homework projects were assigned for completion. There were four participating teams in the 2019-2020 event: each team ranging from two to four members. As the girls made progress in creating their electronic, they continued to communicate with their mentors by asking questions as they faced problems in the development of their design. By the contest date, the teams had actively worked to create a working prototype of their design and a presentation to present their sewable electronics to the judges. The two teams who tied for first place made programmable electronics capable of fall detection and temperature checks. Even though the teams were presented with many challenges along the way including the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the events to take place virtually and disallowed the girls from meeting in person, the girls were able to persevere and problem-solve as they experienced the process of design and implementation.
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.
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.