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Tech Savvy Workshop 2016

Girls in grades five-nine program and drive VEX IQ robots during the 2016 Tech Savvy Workshop at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

SARASOTA, May 4, 2017 – Girls in grades five-nine from Sarasota and Manatee counties and their parents are invited to participate in a daylong Tech Savvy Workshop on Saturday, May 13, at the University of South Florida Sarasota- Manatee campus at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.

The event is being co-hosted by the Sarasota County Schools Career and Technical Education Department, the Manatee County School District and the American Association of University Women. It is one of 18 similar events being hosted by colleges and universities across the United States to encourage girls to study science and technology and to inform parents about the career possibilities for women in technology-related fields.

The students’ day will focus on classes and presentations in a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, known as the STEM subjects. Workshops will be offered in robotics, coding, rockets, crime scene investigation, marine biology and other tech-related subjects.

A study by the Girl Scouts of America reported that girls are underrepresented in STEM-related college programs and careers for three reasons: Teenage girls often do not feel welcome in STEM classrooms. They do not see the connection between what they are learning in the classroom to the careers they want to pursue. They do not have role models for many STEM careers such as engineering or computer programming. 

Linda Guilfoyle, the AAUW Bradenton Branch president and a retired executive director with the Manatee County Schools, encourages area girls in grades five-nine to attend the Sarasota-Manatee Tech Savvy event because it will provide role models and experiences to show all girls that STEM careers are exciting and within their reach.

The parents’ portion of the program will feature speakers on STEM education and careers and helping parents prepare their students academically and financially for post-secondary education. Featured speakers will include Giti Javidi, an assistant professor of information technology in the USFSM College of Business and Diana Greene, the superintendent of the Manatee County School District.

The registration fee is $5. It includes registration for the workshops, a t-shirt, breakfast and lunch. Students may attend the workshop on their own if parents are not available to join them.

Parents and students can register online at the AAUW Tech Savvy link at They also may call Martha Flynn at 941-924-1365, extension 62107 or email for more information. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, May 10.





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