Tech Savvy

Event Advisory:  SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019


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Girls grades 6-9, parents and teachers invited to
AAUW-CT’s sixth annual Tech Savvy Conference
Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

[Hartford, Conn., March 18, 2019] — On Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the American Association of University Women’s Connecticut Chapter (AAUW CT) will host its sixth annual Tech Savvy Conference at Trinity College, Mather Hall, 300 Summit St., Hartford, Conn. 06106.

The conference is open to sixth to ninth grade girls who want to learn about careers in science, technology, math and engineering, and for parents and educators who want to encourage girls to realize their potential in these fields.

Girls, their parents/guardians and advisors can register for the conference online at or contact Alison Draper at Cost is $5.

Check-in and Continental breakfast opens at 8 a.m. with opening remarks at 8:45 a.m. by Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney. Throughout the day, girls will choose four of nine hands-on workshops and will take a brief tour of campus.

Led by female leaders in biology, engineering, math and science, workshops will include 3D Design & Printing, Amazing DNA Science!, ELISA Diagnostic Testing, Get Your Rube-On, How Many Black Bears are in CT?, Leg Savvy, Let’s Do the Jitterbug!, Make Your own Android App, and Using Natural Pigments for pH Analysis of Household Products. Lunch for the girls will be in the student cafeteria at Trinity’s Mather Hall.

Adult workshops and panel discussions, including panel discussions with women in STEM careers and current STEM women college students, will provide parents, guardians and teachers the tools to encourage girls’ exploration of STEM careers.

In 2018, The Brookings Institution reported that

  • While women earn more college degrees than men overall, they earn only 35% of undergraduate degrees issued in STEM fields.
  • STEM field faculty remains predominantly male
  • Women are underrepresented in the innovation pipeline
  • Women remain underrepresented in the most common digital and tech jobs

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Connecticut Chapter is working to improve those numbers. Connecticut’s Tech Savvy program is funded in part by AAUW, AAUW CT, the Petit Family Foundation and the generosity of individual local donors.

Tech Savvy and similar programs are one way to increase the number of women in the STEM pipeline. Other recommendations, including suggestions for employers, appear in AAUW’s 2015 research report, Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing.



The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Learn more and join us at

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TechSavvy_Logo_Final-01More Than 60 Trinity College Students Volunteer
at Annual Tech Savvy Event

Written by Sophia Gourley ’19
Hartford, Connecticut, March 21, 2017

Trinity College recently hosted Tech Savvy, an annual daylong event for girls in sixth through ninth grade who are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The program on March 4 was put on by the Connecticut chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), with the help of 63 Trinity students in the STEM fields, Trinity faculty, and volunteers from the surrounding area. Alison Draper, director of Trinity’s Science Center, and Donna Haghighat ’89, co-president of AAUW, directed the event attended by more than 100 girls, adults, and teachers.

Read the rest of the article here!

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Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grade to these fields and to inform families about STEM education and careers.

Support for Tech Savvy provided by the Praxair Foundation

Support for Tech Savvy provided by the Praxair Foundation

Although the program focuses on exciting girls about STEM, Tech Savvy also includes an important program for parents. This component encourages families to reinforce the girls’ interest in STEM. Keep reading for more details on the program for girls and their families.

The event will be held at Trinity College in Hartford on Saturday, February 27, 2016 (snow date May 9th), from 8:30am-4:30pm.

Read our 2016 Tech Savvy Press Release for additional information.

Donate to Tech Savvy

Your donation dollars can make change! Click the graphic to the right to donate online. Alternately, make your checks payable to AAUW of CT. Donations should be mailed to AAUW CT, c/o Laurel Anderson, 5241 Main Street, Trumbull, CT 06611. Tech Savvy should be in the memo.

Where It All Started

Tech Savvy was founded in 2006 by the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch, under the leadership of then- branch president and Praxair employee Tamara Brown. With the support of Praxair and community groups, this annual event has become a huge success, serving upwards of 700 girls and 200 parents each spring at the University of Buffalo in New York.

Tech Savvy for Girls


The day begins with hands-on workshops in various math and science fields. Past workshops include “Math: Exploring Complex Worlds with Simple Rules,” which combined computers with the world of mathematics. “Robotics” explored mechatronics and virtual reality, and “Re-using Your Environment,” taught girls how to help the planet through recycling.

The second portion of the day focuses on “savvy skills.” These are skills girls can use in their daily lives, such as critical thinking, sharing opinions, public speaking, and knowledge about financial literacy, negotiation, and interviewing.

Tech Savvy for Parents

The parents’ program features speakers on STEM education and careers, encouraging parents to ask questions about these fields. Previous family programs have included “7 Things You Should Know about Financial and Academic Preparedness” and keynote speaker Lisa Maatz, AAUW Vice President of Government Relations.

IMG_0242-300x251-1365609574During the final portion of the day, parents and girls reconvene to hear from a keynote speaker relevant to the theme of the conference. In the past, Tech Savvy has showcased speakers from IBM and other high-profile corporations. Speakers have also come from nonprofit trailblazers such as Echoing Green, an organization that provides seed money to kickstart nonprofits like Teach for America and City Year.


Professional women and students in STEM serve as Tech Savvy volunteers and role models. Volunteers provide crucial opportunities for the next generation of girls in STEM to meet real women who are succeeding in these educational and professional fields. For more information on volunteering, please contact Beth at

CT Tech Savvy Planning Committee