STEM Event for Girls Planned at La Roche College

The Tech Savvy program from the American Association of University Women aims to interest middle school girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Women hold almost half of all jobs in the United States, but hold less than 25 percent of positions in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. On May 14, the American Association of University Women North Hills Pittsburgh branch plans to hold an AAUW National Tech Savvy program at La Roche College, aiming to increase the number of women holding a STEM job by showing girls how these fields can lead to exciting careers.

The daylong event is designed to “inspire, encourage, and empower middle school girls,” and will bring an estimated 150 girls and 50 parents to La Roche’s campus. The conference will provide information to girls, their parents and educational professionals on educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

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“Middle school is a critical time when girls start to make decisions about their future. La Roche College believes no matter the science, Tech Savvy will offer opportunities to the girls and show them how to prepare for amazing STEM careers right here in Pittsburgh,” says Peggy Schmiedecke, La Roche’s assistant director of admissions and AAUW representative, in a press release.

Tech Savvy was created in 2006 by Tamara Brown, former president of the AAUW Buffalo, N.Y. branch. Since its creation, the program has served more than 5,000 girls and earned Brown the distinction of being named a White House Champion of Change.

“This is our first year planning Tech Savvy, and we are very thankful for the overwhelming support from our local community,” Dr. Susan Banerjee, president of the AAUW North Hills Pittsburgh branch, says in a statement. “We know girls want to make a difference, so we will once again give them hands-on, real-world problem-solving activities to show them STEM is relevant and fun. A very important piece of our programming is exposing the girls to outstanding women mentors, so they, in turn, will mentor other girls.”


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