Texas Tech University

Tech Savvy Conference to Encourage Young Girls to Pursue STEM Careers

Cara Vandergriff

February 15, 2016

Texas Tech’s STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education will host the conference event for middle school girls and their parents on Feb. 20.


Texas Tech University's STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education (STEM-CORE) is partnering with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to host the state's first annual Tech Savvy Conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 on Texas Tech campus.

Tech Savvy is a one-day STEM conference for sixth- through ninth-grade girls and their parents. The conference is intended to help young girls discover realistic STEM careers and pathways to education as well as equip parents to be an encouraging and reinforcing part of the process. Girls will be encouraged to explore their science, engineering and mathematical interests during a day of hands-on learning.

Jessica Spott, senior project administrator for STEM-CORE, said Tech Savvy serves as an opportunity for middle school girls to experience hands-on workshops while learning about STEM through exploration of various topics.

"They'll do everything from creating jewelry out of rocks to predicting mathematical juggling patterns," Spott said. "We're thrilled we could bring the first Tech Savvy to the state of Texas."

Tech Savvy is open to all middle school girls and their parents, guardians and teachers. Registration for students and adults is $5 and can be completed at Tech Savvy's website, where event information and schedules can be found as well.

Questions may be sent to stem-core@ttu.edu.