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Teen Girls from Oakland Take Maker Faire Bay Area by Storm

The San Mateo Event Center is abuzz with preparations for “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” and a group of teen girls from Oakland are proud to be among exhibitors like Intel and Barnes & Noble hustling to get their booth ready. Gates open wide on Friday, May 20th for Maker Faire Bay Area, and Oakland high school girls who have learned engineering and coding in Techbridge’s after-school programs will be among the Makers showing....

Virtual Reality, Laser Cutter, and Pizza: Techbridge Girls at Bassetti Architects

This spring, twenty-five Techbridge girls from Madrona Elementary School visited Bassetti Architects, a Seattle design and architecture firm founded in 1947. The company has a long-standing relationship with Highline Public Schools, having designed Raisbeck Aviation High School only a few years ago, a project led by Principal Emeritus Marilyn Brockman. After being introduced to several female designers....

Changing The Game for Girls in STEM

Girls of color are growing up in innovation hotbeds like Silicon Valley and Washington D.C., yet many never consider careers in science, technology, engineering or math ("STEM") due to lack of encouragement and opportunity. Meanwhile....

Techbridge Girls Visit Local NVIDIA Office

Earlier this month, fourteen Techbridge girls from Cascade Middle School visited the Redmond NVIDIA office to learn about science, engineering, and technology (SET) careers. The girls were welcomed by women in a variety of tech roles, such software engineers, visual effects artists, and applications engineers. These role models introduced the girls to some of the many technologies being developed at NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing. Several employees from other departments were also involved in the field trip. Chuck Scott, who set up tablets for the girls to use, recounted, “The employees of the NVIDIA Redmond office were honored to have the opportunity to share our experience and knowledge with the young ladies.” After the girls heard about the problems being solved at NVIDIA.....

Volunteers Bring Engineering (and Heart!) to Girls

For the last year, I’ve been co-leading a project, and its pilot phase is drawing to an end in August. What’s most delighted me about this project is meeting the volunteers who go the extra mile to create new opportunities for the girls they serve. The project—“Engineer Your Journey”—is a collaborative effort between Techbridge and Girl Scouts of the USA, funded by the Noyce Foundation. Using, Girl Scout volunteers.....