The annual Techgirls competition is a 12-week STEM entrepreneurship program in Term 2 of the school year. Girls work in teams with a coach (teacher or parent) and mentor to gain awareness of STEM careers, develop their business and technology skills, to grow their confidence with technology, and to enable them to make informed choices about careers in STEM. Techgirls is about young people solving young people’s problems and role modelling is key to supporting their interest in STEM. This award-winning research and evidence-based program has created a ripple effect that will have positive long term implications for all of our digital futures.
How it works
Teams consist or 2-5 students from 7-17 years old. They can be of mixed grades and across different schools, and will register as a primary or secondary school team based on the eldest member.
- Each team needs a coach (a teacher/parent) to register them, and to be the contact point with Techgirls HQ and the team’s mentor.
- Students may only be in one team. Each team is matched with a female STEM industry mentor to support them over 12 weeks.
- We expect teams will spend up to four hours weekly working on the project: 1hr with their mentor, 1hr meeting as a team, and 2hrs working solo.
- Each team receives a swag pack on registration and completion of the pre-survey. Students, coaches and mentors – please complete pre + post surveys
- Teams collectively sign a Statement of Agreement that they will:
- be respectful of fellow team members, their coach, and their mentor
- give all team members the opportunity to contribute equally and fairly and share the workload evenly
- meet with their mentor at least 4 times over 12 weeks
- align the problem they solve with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
We at Techgirls HQ are here to help. We support teams, coaches and mentors to have the resources they need to be their best creative selves!
Mentoring is key!
All mentors have a valid Working with children check, and coaches will be present when teams meet with their mentor either virtually, or in person. We try to co-locate mentors and teams geographically where possible so teams can meet with their mentors in person.
Mentors and the coach/team arrange a suitable time to meet regularly together.