Tech Savvy Adult Schedule

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Time Adults
7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Breakfast (incl. baseline surveys)
8:30 – 9:00 Welcome / Program Introduction
9:15 – 10:40 Design & Engineering Challenge
10:40 – 11:00 Clean up Design & Engineering Challenge and transition rooms setup for workshops
11:00 – 12:00 Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – Colleen Smith

Many girls show enthusiasm, interest and potential in STEM subjects and activities in middle schooland high school, even. Nonetheless, women are still a small percentage of the students in STEM majors and STEM careers. Why doesn’t the earlier interest and potential translate beyond high school for most American girls? We’ll explore key environmental, social and cultural factors that influence our girls while exploring AAUW’s Research Report, “Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics” and other relevant research. We’ll also discuss research-based strategies and explore local and national resources that can help you to support your daughter’s STEM pursuits. Key ideas include the Fixed vs. Growth Mindset, Stereotype Threat, Gender Bias, Micro-Messaging, and Imposter Syndrome.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch – Dining Hall
1:00 – 2:00 STEM in the Real World: Pittsburgh Parent- by Imagine Careers

The global demand for STEM talent is constantly increasing. STEM degrees and skills open up a tremendous world of opportunity, and are needed in just about all industries and companies. It is critical that we understand this and continue to help influence the right students at an early age to consider pursuing education and work in these fields.

In this workshop, we’ll use technology to take a look into the great companies in the Pittsburgh region, and the amazing job and career opportunities inside of them for those with STEM skills.

2:00 – 3:00 Keeping girls Engaged in STEM Beyond Middle School Panel – Colleen Smith, Moderator

Girls and women who are pursuing and enjoying opportunities through experiences in STEM education and careers will discuss influences, supports, barriers, and opportunities that have guided their STEM paths. Parents and supportive adults can learn more about successful pathways, resources and expectations for helping girls to pave a STEM pathway.

3:00 – 3:15 Closing Ceremony: Test the Winning Design & Engineering Challenge

Afternoon refreshments 3 PM setup

3:15 – 3:45 Keynote Speaker – Elisabet Rodriquez Dennehy

Title: Strengthening Your Inner Voice

3:45 – 4:00 Post-Survey, final thoughts/door prizes – Committee Chair