Engineering Mindsets with Technovation

About Technovation

Technovation empower girls and families to identify community problems and create tech and engineering solutions that develop their leadership and creative problem-solving skills. Technovation equips young women* ages 10-18 with the skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. With support from volunteer mentors, girls work in teams to code mobile apps that address real-world challenges that impact them.

Opportunity is closed and not accepting interest forms.


Description of Opportunity

Networks and participating programs: Maximum 25 programs will be elegible to receive this Booster Pack.

Training – Attend 1 hour virtual training focused on Technovation’s approach, online resources and tools to implement Technovation Girls in their community.

Curriculum – Implement Technovation’s 12-week curriculum to facilitate 2-3 hours per week for 3-4 months in afterschool to youth. Lessons are intended to be worked on by girl and boy specific teams. Programs will also have access to Technovation’s suite of educator and student handouts, videos, and assessment tools.

Virtual Coaching – Participate in monthly check-in calls with Technovation staff and other participating programs.

Mentor Recruitment – Receive support from Technovation staff to identify and match with industry mentors who will support girl and boy teams.

Signature Event Opportunity – Girl teams can submit their prototype / app to Technovation’s World Summit competition (See here for 2020 World Summit).

Mini Grant Opportunities – Have opportunities to apply for mini grants to further support youth teams and implementation of curriculum.

Commitment from Network

1. Networks will identify programs who will:

a) participate in a 1-hour virtual training;
b) facilitate Technovation curriculum for 12-weeks, 2-3 hours per week for 4-5 months;
c) participate in monthly calls with Technovation staff;
d) partner with an industry mentor who will mentor teams of girls and boys over the course of 4-5 months.

2. Programs will administer a brief survey to girl teams and return results to STEM Next

3. Networks will liase with Sabrina Gomez to ensure all aspects of the Booster Pack are met

Criteria

Criteria that will make Networks and programs successful include:

  1. Participating program directors and/or staff who have had some experience leading technology programs in the past
  2. Participating program staff with experience leading project-based learning over a couple weeks
  3. State Networks who have followed or had experience with a train-the-trainer model.
  4. State Network and participating programs commitment to fully paricipate in all aspects of the Booster Pack

Timeline

January 2021: Networks Leads apply with participating programs in mind; Networks notified by January 22nd.

February – May, 2021: Programs receive 1 hour training, implement 12-week Technovation curriculum, attend monthly check in calls and collaborate with industry mentor

April 19, 2021: Deadline for girl teams to submit to the World Summit!

April 22 – June 16, 2021: Technovation judging and local celebration events!

May 2021: Programs complete evaluation forms

August 2021: Programs participate in World Summit!