Greater Seattle Area After-School & Summer Programs
Are you looking for an opportunity to encourage girls' interest in computer science, engineering and tinkering/Making on a regular basis? If not, do you know someone who might? Learn more about volunteering with Techbridge.
Background on Greater Seattle Techbridge
In 2014, with funding from the National Science Foundation and Chevron, Techbridge launched the Greater Seattle office. With one of the highest proportions of STEM-related jobs and broad base of STEM support, Washington State was an ideal location for Techbridge to pilot its scale-up approach. The Puget Sound region, in particular, is a hub for many STEM fields, from aerospace to global health to virtual reality technology. By working with a range of corporations, community-based organizations, school districts, and government agencies, Greater Seattle Techbridge aims to build an ecosystem of support around every Techbridge girl.
Learn more about the Greater Seattle Area Techbridge team here.
Greater Seattle Partner Schools
Greater Seattle Techbridge is proud to partner with Highline Public Schools, a district well known for its strategic, thoughtful approach to education. Each school hosts one Techbridge program.
Schools Grades Served
|Bow Lake Elementary School - Douglas Neufeld, Principal||5 - 6|
|Madrona Elementary School - Kellie Hernandez, Principal||5 - 6|
|Chinook Middle School - Karin Jones, Principal||7 - 8|
|Hazel Valley Elementary School - Casey Jeannot, Principal||5 - 6|
|Beverly Park Elementary School - Robin Lamoureux, Principal||5 - 6|
|Mount View Elementary School - Lisa Escobar, Principal||5 - 6|
|McMicken Heights Elementary School - Alex Haas, Principal||5 - 6|
|Cascade Middle School - Elizabeth Debell, Principal||7 - 8|
|ACE & Global Connections - Nicole Fitch, Principal||9 - 12|
During the year, we schedule at least two field trips for each of our school sites. These trips, which introduce girls to science, technology and engineering careers, are usually four hours in length and engage male and female Role Models from the host organization who orient the girls to their workplace and participate in 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. Field Trip partners include:
Role Model Visits
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 academic year, at each of our school sites. We are currently recruiting women in all types of STEM careers to serve as role models, and we are especially looking for women from underrepresented ethnic groups to reflect the diversity of the girls we serve.
Advisory Council Members
The Greater Seattle 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 Seattle metropolitan area. Thus far, eleven leaders from education, the private sector, and government have joined our inaugural Council. Read more about them here.