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Welcome to Girls Tech! This year’s Girls Tech will be held as a live, virtual event on Wednesday, May 5 from 10 – 11am.

Girls Tech is an annual career exploration event for middle school girls and gender non-conforming youth in grades 7-8. At Girls Tech, Vermont Works for Women (VWW) and Burlington Technical Center (BTC) offer students the opportunity to get hands-on and learn about BTC’s non-traditional programs for women through fun, engaging activities in a supportive environment. 

Girls Tech exposes students to careers that are non-traditional for women, to help them make more informed decisions about high school course selection and career pathways. This event is open to all girls and gender non-conforming youth from BTC's sending area, not just those interested in going to BTC! Help students explore the world of possibilities at Girls Tech!

This year’s event will include:

  • A live, virtual event on Google Meet on May 5 from 10 – 11am. During this virtual event, Vermont Works for Women will lead an opening activity, after which students will be split into breakout rooms to meet BTC teachers and complete a hands-on activity related to one of the tech center’s programs. An exact list of activity supplies needed will be sent out before the event, and we anticipate that they will include only every day, household items. Please have students log onto Google Meet 10 minutes early at 9:50 a.m.
  • In advance of May 5, students are invited to peruse through a multimedia, interactive online gallery of exemplary female and non-binary industry professionals and role models in the career fields highlighted during Girls Tech. These role models will motivate students to think about their own career paths. In addition, the online gallery will include brief overviews of each of BTC’s non-traditional programs. The online gallery will be on an online learning platform called Seesaw.


All student signed up for one of six options, based on the following BTC programs, for the hands-on activity:


VWW will use students’ preferences to create the breakout groups for the live, virtual event on May 5. Though each student may not receive their first choice, we will do our best to place each student in a program that they want.  Activity descriptions are now available above by clicking on each program name; please have students review them this week to complete any pre-work and to gather any household materials they may need for May 5.

In particular, the Auto Body Repair and Auto Technology teachers have asked students to gather some vehicle and tire information this week to prepare for next week’s live, virtual session. Any students who have questions may reach out to these two teachers directly:

  • Bob Church, the Auto Technology teacher, at rchurch@bsdvt.org
  • Sam Caron, the Auto Body Repair teacher, at scaron@bsdvt.org

 

Explore Role Models and Career Fields on Seesaw

We are excited to announce this year’s Girls Tech also includes an interactive, multimedia online component: Seesaw! On Seesaw, VWW staff have created activities, highlighting stories from exemplary women in each of the seven non-traditional career fields that will be further discussed at Girls Tech!

On Seesaw, students will find:

  • Advance Manufacturing: Read an article about Pa’Trice Frazier, a master welder who also teaches classes to help others learn to weld
  • Auto Body Repair: Read an article about Cecile Bukmeier, one of Canada's most renowned auto body refinishers.
  • Auto Technology: Watch a video about Patrice Banks, a female auto mechanic. She is also the founder and owner of a car repair shop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, called "Girls Auto Clinic."
  • Criminal Justice: Read an article on Bor Yang, the first woman of color to serve as the Director of the Vermont Human Rights Commission
  • Culinary Arts: Read an article about Mashama Bailey, an Executive Chef and Co-Owner of a restaurant called The Grey. Her restaurant has been mentioned as a destination hotspot in several major publications, and even featured on Netflix!
  • Design & Illustration: Read an article about Gabby Zapata, who is the Senior Visual Development Artist at Disney Animation.
  • Design Tech Foundational/Pre-Tech: Look through the If/Then Ambassadors. The If/Then Ambassadors are role models chosen by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to feature women and gender non-conforming folks who work in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

 

Students are encouraged to log in to Seesaw (login information was sent via email) in advance of the live, virtual event on May 5 and explore all of the activities, regardless of which activity and breakout room they chose. We know there is no limit to what girls and gender non-conforming youth can accomplish, and our goal is to show that anyone can pursue a career path about which they are passionate!

Each of the seven role model activities are also paired with a short introductory video to the seven BTC programs showcased in this year’s Girls Tech. Though students will complete hands-on activities for only one of the programs, the Seesaw activities allow students to explore all seven non-traditional program options.

Each student must register independently on Seesaw, but can use the same code listed below. School coordinators are also welcome to create accounts as “students” on Seesaw to view the activities.

If you’re using Seesaw for the first time:

  • Go to app.seesaw.me
  • Choose "I’m a Student"
  • Type in the code: ZTMC JDZR. This code expires on May 6, 2021
  • Finish creating your account using your school Google account or email address

 

If you’ve used Seesaw before and have an account:

  • Go to app.seesaw.me
  • Choose "I’m a Student"
  • Sign in using your school Google account or email address
  • Click on your profile icon on the top left
  • Click on the +Join Class button
  • Type in the code: ZTMC JDZR. This code expires on May 6, 2021

 

BTC’s Sending Area Schools: AD Lawton Middle School • BFA Fairfax • Brown’s River Middle School • Camels Hump Middle School • Charlotte Central School • Christ the King School • Colchester Middle School • Edmunds Middle School • Essex Middle School • Frederick Tuttle Middle School • Folsom School • Hinesburg Community School • Hunt Middle School • Milton Middle School • Shelburne Community School • The Schoolhouse Learning Center • Westford School • Williston Central School • Winooski Middle High School

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Special thanks to our partner:

Vermont Works for Women offers this career exploration event for all schools, and can tailor the program to fit the needs of a particular school and audience. Interested in bringing GirlsTech! to your school? Learn more today!