Girls Tech: Inviting Girls to Explore Tech Centers – Alison Lamagna
There’s a certain energy buzzing around when 80 young female and gender non-conforming students come together in a supportive and judgment-free zone to break down barriers, explore new things, and get their hands on non-traditional tools like plasma cutters, chainsaws, digital film equipment, orbital sanders, and computer coded robots. It’s exciting, empowering, inspiring and impressive. This is the kind of energy felt at Girls Tech, one of Vermont Works for Women’s gender equity career exploration events for middle school females and gender non-conforming students. A partnership with Burlington Technical Center, Girls Tech invites students to explore their local tech center and make more informed decisions about high school course selection and career pathways. At the same time, they get the opportunity to explore careers where women are underrepresented and step outside of their comfort zones by using tools and trying hands-on activities.
they get the opportunity to explore careers where women are underrepresented and step outside of their comfort zones by using tools and trying hands-on activities.
By Alison Lamagna, Education Program Manager, Vermont Works for Women
Photography: Patrick McCormack, Storyteller, SunCommon