TECHNOLOchicas April/May News

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The TECHNOLOchicas continue to keep busy this Spring, like hanging out with the President and First Lady, for one thing! We have the highlights below. And, our first-ever #TECHNOLOchat was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who participated. If you missed it, then you can catch the whole conversation here: http://bit.ly/1Ui2xDA.

As always, thanks for signing up to hear all of the latest TECHNOLOchicas news — inspiring videos, resources, news articles, and event highlights.

In this newsletter:

  • Featured Video
  • Tip of the Month
  • Featured News Coverage
  • Events
  • Spreading the Word

Featured Video

“I’m a woman in technology, but I also know that I bring different things to the table. I bring a different perspective.” // Meet TECHNOLOchica Natalia Rodriguez the star of April’s featured video. Natalia is a Curriculum Engineer at Codeacademy and is also the founder of the “Real People Real Beauty Campaign,” a movement for positive body image.

Tip of the Month

April’s tip comes from “Top 10 Ways Families Can Encourage Girls’ Interest in Computing.”

  • Tell her that computer scientists use technology to solve real-world problems. Move from playing with technology toys and gadgets to creating mobile phone apps or software programs. Explore interactive online programs (e.g., Scratch) or maker.com for interesting project ideas. Find hands-on programming instruction atmadewithcode.com, code.org, scratch.mit.edu, or Alice.org.

Featured News Coverage

  • TECHNOLOchica Gemma Busoni is on the cover of Seventeen Magazine with First Lady Michelle Obama this month! Read the article, including an interview with Gemma and the First Lady, here: http://bit.ly/1SNZZra.
  • TECHNOLOchica Ana Hernandez was chosen as an exhibitor at this year’s White House Science Fair! Ana was invited to represent FIRST Robotics Competition Team 597, The Wolverines. Team 597 took home the Chairman’s Award at the 2015 FIRST Championship in St. Louis, which honors the team that best represents a model for others to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of the FIRST organization. Every team member on Team 597 logs at least 200 hours of community service, adding up to a 6,000-hour team total each year. According to the White House, Ana and her friends on Team 597 build more than robots, they build community. We are so proud of her!https://www.instagram.com/p/BENAZJWIOPM/?taken-by=technolochicas
  • CNN Español also featured Ana Hernandez and Team 597. http://cnn.it/1SgTsel
  • On the blog, TECHNOLOchica Blakeley Hoffman shared how Disney’s Zootopia mirrored her own experiences as a #LatinaInTech. // “I felt like Disney was telling my story as a woman in tech (or as an algorithms princess in training, if you will). Judy’s journey through the academy was so relatable to my own journey in college (and I think, the journeys of many women in STEM fields).” // http://bit.ly/1RqMIEQ

Events

What else have the TECHNOLOchicas been up to this past month?

  • Ana Hernandez wasn’t the only TECHNOLOchica at the White House Science Fair — Natalia Rodriguez was there too! https://www.instagram.com/p/BEJ9fHeIOEc/?taken-by=technolochicas
  • TECHNOLOChica Janet Barrientos talked to 30 high school students and 5 teachers from the Migrant Education Program at the Monterey County Office of Education in Monterey, California. These students are all sons and daughters of Hispanic migrant workers and are part of a special program that provides resources for them to graduate from high school and inspire them to pursue a CS career. Janet was part of a panel of CS engineers who all shared their journey: how they grew up and how they ended up working at Microsoft. // http://bit.ly/1RqMtJT
  • The #YesWeCode Education Summit at the Impact Hub in Oakland, California welcomed TECHNOLOchica Aura Barrera as a speaker at their April 14 event.

Check out pictures from all of the above events on Instagram!

Are the TECHNOLOchicas coming to a town near you?

  • The Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Infosys Foundation USA are bringing back the LOFT Coder Summit to Stanford University on May 14, 2016. Hundreds of Latina coders, including TECHNOLOchica Patricia Perozo, will gather to share ideas, energy, and cultural pride! This is a free, one-day event: http://bit.ly/23b4e7E.
  • TECHNOLOchica Madeline Martinez will be at the Latino STEM Alliance’s Robotics Competition and STEM Family Science Fair in Boston on May 21. RSVP today for this free event: http://bit.ly/1SC77g6.
  • The Academy for Software Engineering (AFSE) has invited TECHNOLOchicas to participate in their fourth annual “JUST 4 GIRLZ” Open House also on May 21. If you’re in the New York are join us! http://bit.ly/1r2suLc

More events and appearances will pop up through this Spring and into the Summer. Be sure you are following us via social media and watching for future newsletters to be the first to know where the TECHNOLOchicas will be next.

Spreading the Word

Want to help support TECHNOLOchicas? Below are several ways you can help.

Join Us Online

  • Follow @TECHNOLOchicas on Twitter, and like TECHNOLOchicas on Facebook for daily tips, inspirational quotes, and Latinas in technology news that you can share with friends.
  • Follow us on Instagram, and see event highlights through the eyes of the TECHNOLOchicas as they capture memorable moments. View additional, official photos on the Flickr channel.

Host an Event

Ask a TECHNOLOchica to make an appearance, or show a screening of TECHNOLOchicas videos for young Latinas at schools or community organizations. Contact technolochicas@ncwit.org to start planning!

Identify More TECHNOLOchicas

Know Latinas in technology who could be profiled as a TECHNOLOchica? Share this application form with them: http://bit.ly/1OVS2lw.