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Washington DC After-School Programs

Background on Techbridge in Washington, DC

In 2015, with funding from the National Science Foundation and Chevron, Techbridge launched the Washington, DC office. Techbridge chose to bring our award-winning programs to the nation’s capital after an environmental scan revealed a significant need and interest in public schools and a vibrant ecosystem of STEM employers and support organizations. Beyond delivering our own brand of girl-centered STEM after-school programs to seven local schools, we hope to serve as a strong collaborator and alliance-builder with other STEM education supporters, and a catalyst for broad initiatives that diversify our nation’s STEM workforce.

Learn more about our accomplishments during the 2015-16 school year.

DC Year in Review, Part I: Tara, don’t you want to change the world?

DC Year in Review, Part II: From the Field to the Sky: Pushing the Limits of STEM Education

DC Year in Review, Part III: This is What School Partnership Success Looks Like

Learn more about the Washington D.C. Techbridge team here.

Techbridge Partner Schools

We are delighted to offer our year-round after-school programs for girls in the following Title 1 schools in the Washington, DC area: 

 

Field Trips

During the year, we schedule at least two field trips at each of our school sites. These trips introduce girls to science, technology and engineering careers, and a variety of jobs at each site. The field trips are usually four hours in length and include Role Models from the host organization, both men and women, who orient the girls to their workplace and provide a hands-on activity to reflect the work conducted there. A $5000 donation is requested of corporations, to cover the cost of transportation, food, training, and personnel time.  

Role models

Role Models are women who work in STEM careers and represent the experiences and/or backgrounds of the girls we serve. We recruit Role Models through our field trip partners, STEM networks, and personal networks. These women provide information about their backgrounds to the girls, and lead a hands-on activity that represents their field of expertise. Before meeting the girls, Role Models attend a specialized training to help them deliver a high quality experience. We schedule at least two Role Model visits each program year, at each of our school sites. Thus far, we have secured seven Role Models, who will attend training in the fall, and have at least three additional recruitment sessions already scheduled at various companies through October.

Advisory Council Members

The Washington, DC Advisory Council serves as an engine for building local community support for Techbridge’s programs and a private cabinet advising on Techbridge’s strategy and service to the Washington DC area. Thus far, four terrific women have signed on to our inaugural Council. Here is some background information about each of them.  Read their bios here.

Upcoming Events

September 5 - School Year 2016-17 Program Launch

Links to Local Resources

DC STEM Network 
Issue Brief on the Girls Economic Security in the Washington Region, Washington Areas Women’s Foundation
Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC) 
Million Women Mentors