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Tech Savvy, by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), is a one day Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career conference designed to develop the interest of sixth to ninth grade girls in STEM fields and provide information to their parents and educational professionals on STEM educational opportunities.

Tech Savvy will be held April 18 at UW Oshkosh at Halsey Science Center. The full day, hands-on STEM conference is for girls in sixth through ninth grades and is open to the first 150 registrants. Register here.

“Tech Savvy will bring girls and their parents to campus for a day of immersive STEM learning. While the girls are doing hands-on activities, parents will learn about the college application process, financial aid and other topics that will help them support their girls as they approach college and career decisions,” Anna Waldron, director of Science Outreach at UW Oshkosh, said.

Tech Savvy was founded in Buffalo, New York nine years ago by AAUW member, and chemical and biomedical engineer, Tamara Brown and members of the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch. In the Buffalo program, girls select hands-on activities in math, science, and related fields from a range of hands-on options, attend workshops on STEM careers and topics, and enhance other important “Savvy Skills,” such as public speaking, critical thinking and negotiation. During the course of the day, they are empowered by their capabilities and encouraged to think about themselves not just as a young women but also as future scientists, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists.

UW Oshkosh is one of several universities to host Tech Savvy on its campus.

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