The days are slowly getting shorter, and the temperature is getting cooler… It’s #BackToSchool time! Our goal at TECHNOLOchicas is not only to inspire future TECHNOLOchicas to pursue technology, but to also give parents and teachers the resources they need to help make their pursuits successful. In this month’s newsletter, we are highlighting a handful of “Back to School” tips for you and your TECHNOLOchica.
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In this newsletter:
- Featured Video
- “Back to School” Tips
- Featured News Coverage
- Upcoming Events
- Spreading the Word
Looking for a little “Back To School” inspiration? Look no further than Actress, Producer, Director, and Philanthropist Eva Longoria. In this month’s featured video, she shares a very important message for all young Latinas heading back to the classroom.
“Back to School” Tips
This month, we’re sharing five tips to help you and your TECHNOLOchica make the most of the new school year.
- Tip #1 comes from Top 10 Ways Families Can Encourage Girls’ Interest in Computing: “Read books about science and engineering to girls (e.g., Rosie Revere Engineer or Cool Engineering Activities for Girls).”
- Tip #2 comes from 8 Ways to Give Students More Effective Feedback Using a Growth Mindset: “It’s important to remember that tests and assignments do not assess her full ability or potential. They only assess your TECHNOLOchica’s skills at a point in time. So, if you see a poor performance, respond with feedback such as, ‘You have not completely understood this concept yet or acquired this skill yet.’”
- Tip #3 comes from Girls in IT: The Facts: “Throughout the school year, remember to continue discussions about media representations and unconscious biases with your TECHNOLOchica. When watching TV, reading magazines, or coming across ads related to technology, strike up informal chats about the kinds of representation she is seeing. Ask her opinions about these representations and offer your own. Even small comments when running across these representations can ‘interrupt’ the moment and help her question them.”
- Tip #4 is another from Top 10 Ways Families Can Encourage Girls’ Interest in Computing: “Encourage play with puzzles and building toys (e.g., Legos, SNAP Circuits). You can find these in many places (toy stores, yard sales, thrift stores, and online sites like eBay). There are also many free how-to videos online that teach children about computer science and engineering (e.g., Khan Academy, YouTube, code.org).”
- Tip #5: Introduce your TECHNOLOchica to NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC), a program that supports and encourages girls with aspirations in computing, just like her! Applications for the NCWIT Award for AiC opens soon, just in time for the 2016-17 school season. (Sign up for the AiC newsletter to receive application details.)
Featured News Coverage
- From New Mexico to the White House to Mars, find out how passion and a “no excuses” attitude has taken TECHNOLOchica Sophia Sánchez-Maes where she wants to go. (And, NASA wanted you to hear all about it!)
- “Growing up in Mexico, the only computer she had access to was old and broken. Being the kid who always worked on things around the house, she opened it up and fixed it. ‘I put it back together the same way I took it apart. But backwards. Being Mexican and in technology is what I’m most proud of.'” // TECHNOLOchica Alejandrina Gonzalez shares her story on Apple’s Inclusion & Diversity website.
- How many 17-year-old teens do you know running virtual reality companies? TECHNOLOchica Gemma Busoni is one of them.
- Attention, New York area TECHNOLOchicas! The Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Infosys Foundation USA are bringing the LOFT Coder Summit to New York on September 10. Hundreds of Latina coders will gather to share ideas, energy, and cultural pride. Register now for this free, one-day event! http://lcsrsvp.com/
- On October 1, the TECHNOLOchicas will be back in California for the Latina Power in STEM Conference and the one year celebration of the TECHNOLOchica campaign! Participants will have a variety of workshops and hands-on activities to choose from. If you’ll be in the Southern California area please register today to join us: http://bit.ly/29Z6F94. If you won’t, don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of ways you can join us online. Look for more details in our next newsletter!
More events, appearances, and celebrations will pop up this summer, as we near our one year anniversary in the Fall! 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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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.