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June 2014

Summer Academy 2014: A Place for Tinkerbelles and Tech Ninjas

Techbridge Summer Academy 2014 is well underway. Last week we were in Oakland at Unity High School. So far the camp has been a huge success. The girls have really embraced their inner tinkerbelles and tech ninjas. It just so happened that the first ever National Day of Making (June 18) coincided with our first week of Summer Academy and it could not have aligned better with our activities and field trip. The girls have been working hard making and hacking...

SNEAK PREVIEW: Summer Academy 2014

Mark your calendars! Tell your friends! We’ve reached one of Techbridge’s favorite times of year: Summer Academy season! Over the next two weeks, 62 Techbridge middle school girls in Oakland and San Jose will explore the exciting world of hacking and making during our annual Summer Academy. The girls will test out brand-new, high-tech computer science.....

Why Techbridge?

Earlier this spring, I volunteered at an outreach event in a suburb of the Bay Area. I find participating as an engineering role model so rewarding as I see the spark of curiosity light in girls. One of my tried and true hands-on projects is reverse-engineering hairdryers. Literally, break ‘em to see how they make ‘em. Girls love it! But sometimes I’m asked, why do outreach just with girls? There aren’t enough engineers out there, so why not engage both girls and boys to inspire future engineers? My answer is that in my experience, both as a role model and as a girl, has been that when the groups are mixed, the boys tend to take over. To their credit, the boys don't know they're doing it, it just happens. But sometimes.....