TechGYRLS is a YWCA empowerment program that introduces girls ages 8 – through 12 to fun, hands-on STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). TechGYRLS discover robotics using Lego Mindstorms®, learn kid-friendly computer coding using Scratch, solve engineering challenges and sharpen their math skills through games and puzzles.
TechGYRLS is designed to invigorate girls about STEM learning, opportunities and careers.
Girls who participate in TechGYRLS increase their technical skills, develop confidence, meet successful female role models and make new friends with girls who share STEM interests. By providing girls with positive STEM experiences during their elementary years, YWCA supports girls on their journey toward educational success, meaningful careers and economic independence.
YWCA Bethlehem’s TechGYRLS program strives empower girls and women by:
- Bridging the STEM gap for girls, including girls of color.
- Supporting academic achievement and technical competency .
- Fostering communication, critical thinking, teamwork and presentation skills.
- Promoting curiosity, confidence and self-determination.
- Encouraging girls to consider high-paying and rewarding careers in STEM fields.
YWCA Bethlehem launched TechGYRLS locally in 2003 as an afterschool program offered on-site at partner schools. The charitably supported program allows YWCA to offer quality enrichment programming at select Bethlehem elementary schools at no charge to the students or the partner schools. Lead by qualified college students pursuing STEM degrees, the TechGYRLS meet, much like a “club”, twice per week. Each session spans an 8-week period, usually in fall and spring. The TechGYRLS experience culminates in a TechEXPO for family and friends. Girls successfully completing TechGYRLS are invited to attend a TechVENTURE field trip to see STEM “in action” at a college lab or local company. Recent partner schools include Donegan, Fountain Hill, Marvine and William Penn.
TechGYRLS Workshops at YWCA
Bring your daughter or favorite science-savvy girl to our Adler Place Empowerment Center to explore new topics in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). These evening workshops (6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.) will be packed with hands-on STEM learning, a new topic, experiments and challenges each month. Ages 9 to 12. Cost: $15/girl. Check back September 1 for fall schedule and full details.