With CoolTechGirls you will complete fun, hand-on activities that will teach you about engineering and technology! You will be doing activities such as:
Engineer towers of pasta, tape, and marshmallows – the tallest one wins!
Building structures and concept designs - here’s a concept design of a park!
Learning how to solder
Design and build your own robot, then compete with each other – the robot that stays on the table the longest wins!
“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 individually to self-explore sewable electronics and learn how to program them. In the second half, a Design Challenge is assigned, and participants work for 8-10 weeks in their own creative ways to design and build prototypes that will compete at a year-end competition. The produced wearable electronics should be useful in solving a collectively assigned world problem. A series of 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 through the step by step process of creating their design. This program runs parallel to the school year as it begins in September and ends in May.”
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.
Becoming a CoolTechGirls Student Leader is a great opportunity for you to gain valuable leadership skills that you will need in college (and the rest of your life!). These leadership skills include becoming a strong communicator, effective listener, and excellent organizer. As a CoolTechGirls Student Leader you can:
Develop new projects for CoolTechGirls
Organize leadership workshops
Set up presentations by women role models
Impress colleges when you say you were a student leader!
Register to attend our next CoolTechGirls mentoring session If you are interested, please e-mail email@example.com with a summary about your interests and why you would like to join CoolTechGirls – we want to get to know you!
“From phones to cars to medicine, technology touches every part of our lives. If you can create technology, you can change the world.” -Susan Wojcicki, Google
Science and technology is everywhere! We can all benefit from learning about it. It is what can give the CoolTechGirls the edge they need to succeed in life. Who knows – it might even become your passion.
We aren’t supposed to figure our lives out on our own. Come listen to professional women talk about their careers in the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) industries. With this, you will meet professionals who will mentor you, inspire you, and become lifelong connections and resources.
You can also be a part of the CoolTechGirls team and learn about how to participate in Hackathons.
Register to attend our next CoolTechGirls mentoring session here.