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Aspiring Engineers, Doctors and Scientists Get Hands-on with their Future at Tech-Savvy 2017

The US faces a labor shortage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM) professionals. The shortfall has been described, by the former presidential administration of Barack Obama, as a national security and competitiveness issue.

To make up for this shortfall, interest in STEM fields must be generated in today’s students, but women have been underrepresented in STEM. AAUW Honolulu addressed the shortage of women in STEM careers with TechSavvy, a day-long career conference for girls in the sixth to ninth grades and their parents. The conference was held Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:30 am to 4 pm at Hawaii Pacific University’s Windward Hawaii Loa Campus. It was sponsored by HPU, Hawaiian Airlines, and Hawaiian Electric.

Monica Isava, mechanical engineer at Apple, and Dr. Brenda Jensen, dean of HPU’s college of natural and computational sciences, gave keynote addresses to the attendees. The day was divided into hands-on workshops where the attendees explored topics such as, “What lies beneath? Simulating Mapping of the Ocean Floor,” “Robotic Navigation of an Obstacle Course” and “Medical Laboratory Scientists, Solving Medical Mysteries”. The second half of the day focused on “savvy skills” or skills they can use in their everyday life.

Call for Volunteers!

tech_savvy_aauwThe American Association of University Women (AAUW) Honolulu Branch is holding Tech Savvy, a STEM conference for middle school girls, April 22, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii Loa Campus. Tech Savvy consists of STEM workshops, Savvy Skills workshops (soft skills such as communication, understanding social media, public speaking), and College Savvy (a mini-college fair geared at girls just starting to explore college options).

techsavvy-10055There are concurrent sessions for parents to attend. We need volunteers to help the day of the conference. Volunteers can either help for the morning, afternoon or both portions of the day. See below for task descriptions. Please contact Lena Gan if you are able to help with any of these volunteer tasks or would like more information.

  • Morning Registration: sign in adults and children for the day, provide name tags and tote bags
  • Meal Assistance: set up, serve and clean up for breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Room Guides: lead groups of girls and adults from room to room within a building or across campus; be posted in strategic locations to give attendees directions
  • Room Set-Up: Go from room to room before each session begins to ensure that all presenters have what they need
  • Workshop Assistance: check-in with speakers during their workshops to see if they need any assistance with materials, A/V or general information
  • Speaker Hosting: assist presenters with handouts; check badges at door to ensure girls are at right session; alert presenter at 5 minute mark to begin to wrap up
  • Floater: general assistance for presenters/College Savvy representatives
  • Evaluation: hand out/collect pre-event evaluation forms before breakfast; hand out/collect post-event evaluation forms during the closing session

Call for Committee Members

tech_savvy_aauwAAUW Honolulu is holding Tech Savvy, a STEM conference for middle school girls, on April 22, 2017 at Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii Loa Campus, 45-045 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe HI 96744.

Tech Savvy consists of STEM workshops, Savvy Skills workshops (soft skills such as communication, understanding social media, public speaking), and College Savvy (a mini-college fair geared at girls just starting to explore college options). There are concurrent sessions for parents to attend. We need volunteers to be part of the planning committee.

Please contact Dr. Anna Viggiano or Dr. Lauren Kaupp if you would like to be a part of the planning committee and can commit to following through with assignments and responsibilities.

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.

Save the date — Tech Savvy, May 21!

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Tech Savvy, AAUW Honolulu’s premier STEM event for grade- and high school-girls, is right around the corner. If you know a girl in the sixth to ninth grades, the day-long career conference could spark an interest in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics! Sarah Hudgins, a captain with Mokulele Airlines, will give the keynote address to the attendees at Hawaii Pacific University’s Windward Hawaii Loa Campus on May 21. The day is divided into hands-on workshops where the attendees will have a chance to explore 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 focuses on “savvy skills” or skills they can use in their everyday life. These classes include “Understanding & Motivating Different Personalities”, “Leaving a Positive Digital Legacy” and “You’re Hired!” (There is also a program for parents, featuring STEM education and career speakers.)

Sponsors include AAUW Honolulu Branch, Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaiian Electric, Wellesley College, Maryknoll School, Microsoft, Mokulele Airlines, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

WHAT: Tech Savvy
WHEN: May 21, 8:30 am to 4 pm
WHERE: Hawaii Pacific University’s Windward Hawaii Loa Campus

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Call for Volunteers

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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Honolulu Branch is holding Tech Savvy, a STEM conference for middle school girls, May 21, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Hawaii Pacific University. We need volunteers to help the day of the conference. Volunteers can either help for the morning, afternoon or both portions of the day. See below for task descriptions. Please contact Dr. Anna Viggiano at anna.m.viggiano@gmail or Dr. Lauren Kaupp at lauren_kaupp@notes.k12.hi.us if you are able to help with any of these volunteer tasks or would like more information:

  • Morning Registration: sign in adults and children for the day, provide name tags and tote bags
  • Meal Assistance: set up, serve and clean up for breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Room Guides: lead groups of girls and adults from room to room within a building or across campus; be posted in strategic locations to give attendees directions
  • Room Set-Up: Go from room to room before each session begins to ensure that all presenters have what they need
  • Workshop Assistance: check-in with speakers during their workshops to see if they need any assistance with materials, A/V or general information
  • Speaker Hosting: assist presenters with handouts; check badges at door to ensure girls are at right session; alert presenter at 5 minute mark to begin to wrap up
  • Floater: general assistance for presenters/College Savvy representatives
  • Evaluation: hand out/collect pre-event evaluation forms before breakfast; hand out/collect post-event evaluation forms during the closing session

AAUW Honolulu’s Second Annual Tech Savvy Conference…. Inspire, Be Inspired, Be a Volunteer!

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AAUW Honolulu received a $5,000 grant to hold its second annual Tech Savvy Conference (“Tech Savvy II”) at Hawaii Pacific University Saturday May 21, 2016. Last year’s Tech Savvy Conference (“Tech Savvy I”) hosted over 100 girls (grades 6-9) and parents who participated in Tech and College sessions featuring a range of STEM activities to include computer coding, sea floor archeology, satellites, suturing lacerations and the chemistry of chocolate.

But the conference does not run itself. Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas to include:

  • Morning room monitor during Tech Savvy workshops (8 Volunteers);
  • Afternoon room monitor during Savvy Skills workshops (8 Volunteers);
  • Morning guide to lead girls to sessions (2 Volunteers);
  • Afternoon guide to lead girls to sessions (2 Volunteers);
  • Registration table assistance (4 Volunteers);
  • AAUW information table assistance (2 Volunteers);
  • Lunch set-up;
  • Signs set-up; and
  • Clean-up at the end of the event.

Carol Gaudette was among those who volunteered at Tech Savvy 1. For her, it was truly an inspiring experience.

“As a volunteer for the first Tech Savvy Workshop in 2014, I enjoyed being able to observe the girls, hear their questions, and listen to their thoughts,” explained Gaudette.  “I am a strong believer in getting girls interested in math and science at an early age, and ensuring that they know that careers in those fields are an option for them.

“The girls were able to see women in various careers who will hopefully be role models and inspire them to think big when it comes to their futures,” she continued. “While my role was small, I was proud to participate [in such] a groundbreaking workshop for Hawaii girls, and hope that the exposure to the various careers inspires them.”

Anna Viggiano and Lauren Kaupp are co-chairs for this year’s Tech Savvy II. To volunteer or for more information please contact Dr. Anna Viggiano (anna.m.viggiano@gmail.com) and Dr. Lauren Kaupp (lauren_kaupp@notes.k12.hi.us).