Girls Get Tech Savvy at AAUW Honolulu Career Conference

TechSavvy-11199With a future shortage of women in science careers and STEM professionals overall, AAUW Honolulu did its part to raise awareness in the next generation of women with Tech Savvy.

Open to sixth to ninth-grade girls, Tech Savvy was a day-long career conference on Saturday, May 21, at Hawaii Pacific University’s Windward Hawaii Loa Campus. The event was sponsored by AAUW Honolulu, Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaiian Electric, Wellesley College, Maryknoll School, Microsoft, Mokulele Airlines, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

Sarah Hudgins, a captain with Mokulele Airlines, gave the keynote address to the attendees. The day was divided into hands-on workshops where the attendees explored topics such as, “Computers, Precision Cutters, Art and Math: Designing and Creating in 3D,” “Doctor for a Day” and ” Scratch-ing the Surface of Coding”. The second half of the day focused on “savvy skills” or skills they can use in their everyday life. These classes included “Understanding & Motivating Different Personalities”, “Leaving a Positive Digital Legacy” and “You’re Hired!” There was also a program for parents, featuring STEM education and career speakers.