TechGYRLS is offered as a free 12 week after school program

The YWCA offers a Technology Camp for Girls

Girls ages 9-14 are learning to have fun with science, technology, engineering and math

Date April 4, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Author Editor

Publication SantaFe.com

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Girls ages 9-14 are learning to have fun with science, technology, engineering and math through a program called TechGYRLS, offered by the YWCA Middle Rio Grande. The program was created to bridge the gender gap between boys and girls in the higher-paying tech fields. While recent studies have shown that girls and boys are equally computer literate, women make up only 25% of computer science bachelor's degrees and 9% of engineers are women. "We want to put girls on an even playing field with their male counterparts as they enter high school and begin to shape their career goals," said Melanie Madrid, Youth Director of the YWCA. "Girls need to know that they are just as capable in these areas as boys-and that they can be just as successful."

TechGYRLS is offered as a free 12 week after school program in 4 Title I middle schools in Albuquerque. This summer, the YWCA has expanded the program to girls across the state and is offering girls age 9-14 a four separate one-week technology camp called Teens for New Technology (TNT). TNT will offer the same technology and engineering opportunities as the TechGYRLS after school program, but will also include traditional camp activities such as hiking, swimming, and horseback riding. In addition, TNT will go on field trips to local women-owned technology based businesses to show girls how technology is applied to a variety of careers, and how they can shape their own career goals.

Camp TNT will take place at the YWCA Pinon Canyon Center in Tijeras this June in four one-week sessions. Each week will teach lessons around a different theme. Week one, "Me and My robot" is June 5th-11th Week two, "Science of Sports" is June 12th-18th. Week three is "Technology and Film" from June 19th-25th and Week four is "Technology and the Planet" from June 26th-July 2nd. Tuition is $350 for one week, $600 from 2 weeks, $850 for 3 weeks and $1,00 for all 4! All sessions includes technology classes and activities as well as meals and lodging. A limited number of scholarships are available to interested girls who can demonstrate financial need. Space is still available in all sessions but spots will fill up quickly. For further information or details, contact Melanie Madrid Youth Director, at 254-9922, Ext. 105 or visit the TechGYRLS

The YWCA has been an organization in Albuquerque for 100 years and commits its resources to the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women.

About TechGYRLS:

WHO?
• TechGYRLS is an afterschool Program and Summer Camp for Middle School Girls in New Mexico
• The afterschool sessions are currently offered at Polk, Harrison, Cleveland, Washington and Roosevelt Middle Schools
• Any girl can come to camp in 2011!
• 80% of TechGYRLS come from low income households
• Last year, the YWCA served over 100 girls, and will serve 200 more in 2011!

WHAT?

• Girls learn from hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math
• Some activities include; building and programming a real robot, shooting and editing a film, creating a pvc pipe roller coaster and going on a gps scavenger hunt!
• TechGYRLS also go on fun, field-trips to women owned tech-businesses and science labs.
• Mentors from Sandia National Labs provide one on one support to TechGYRLS.

WHERE? WHEN?

• The afterschool sessions are currently offered at Polk, Harrison, Cleveland, Washington and Roosevelt Middle Schools
• Camp is open to the public and is in Tijeras the month of June 2011-each week has a different theme around technology

WHY?

• Only 9% of engineers are women and 25% of computer science programmers are women
• BUT there is a shortage of trained workers in these growing fields
• We seek to bridge the gender gap-- women still make less than their male counterparts and STEM professions pay well
• TechGYRLS seeks to "take a Megabyte out of poverty" by creating a skilled workforce in high paid professions.

Get Involved!
Contact Melanie Madrid at (505)254-9922 Ext 105 or mmadrid@ywca-nm.org

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