TechGirlz is a program of Creating IT Futures, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit of Comp TIA, which inspires middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers. TechGirlz is accomplishing its mission through the creation of free, engaging, interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, community leaders, and students. In October and November, students in grades 5–8 can participate in virtual workshops that range from designing mobile apps to managing cyber risks. Or they can choose from workshops in the Career Series in Health, Science and Technology, such as “Using Computer Simulations To Help Solve Complex Problems.” The workshops are available anywhere in the United States. Specific dates and times are shown on the TechGirlz website.
Plus: Anyone, anywhere can run a hands-on workshop for middle school girls using TechShopz in a Box, free workshop plans, documents, and guides based on TechGirlz’s workshops.
With millions of dollars of ESSER funding (as well as other federal, state, and local grants) still available, the smartest edtech investments are the ones that meet the following criteria:
1. Are research-backed and deliver evidence-based solutions.
2. Provide flexible, ongoing professional development.
3. Offer hours of curriculum to support any subject.
Let’s dive deeper into each of these points to prove the case for bringing coding and robotics into young learners’ hands to support development of computational thinking and invaluable science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) skills.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in August.
Inspiration is a mysterious thing. Who knows when or where it will strike. We’re fascinated by the catalysts for inspiration and how a simple “lightbulb” moment can lead to world-changing innovation. In this Bio-Inspiration YouTube series, the Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) looks at how inspiration can be found in the plants, animals, and phenomena all around us.