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posted: 8/26/2014 4:44 PM

Especially for Girls Interested in Science and Math: A Day of Exploration

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  • Girls working together at a Tech Savvy workshop in Buffalo, NY.Unknown

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Cindy Johnson

The AAUW Jane Addams Branch, a chapter of the American Association of University Women, will host Tech Savvy, a local one-day program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Rice Campus in Wheaton on Saturday November 15th from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

This one-day program will introduce sixth-to-ninth-grade girls to many types of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and will teach "savvy skills" such as negotiation and public speaking. Hands-on workshops in STEM, including working with robots, candy, ice cream, music, or the weather, will be held in the morning so that girls can meet role models and learn about careers and STEM principles. College Corner will help girls begin to prepare for college. The afternoon will include Savvy Skills workshops to help build college and life skills.

Mothers and mentors are encouraged to attend the Tech Savvy one-day program for adults. Information will be provided on financing a college education, as well as the importance of STEM education and how to continue to support girls after Tech Savvy.

The non-refundable registration fee is $5.00 for each adult and child that attends Tech Savvy. The registration fee covers breakfast and lunch for each attendee, and T-shirts for girls to wear during the conference.

Registration is open after August 31st. To register, go to

The registration deadline for this event is October 27th.

AAUW is expanding Tech Savvy to ten cities throughout the country with generous support from the Praxair Foundation. Tech Savvy received national recognition from the White House in 2011, when Praxair's Leader of Community Engagement and founder of the program, Tamara Brown, who was named as a White House Champion of Change. Tamara Brown will welcome the girls and their parents at the Tech Savvy conference on November 15th at IIT in Wheaton.