Meet the Thunder Chicks

With a grant from High-Tech High Heels, the Young Women’s Preparatory Network created the first robotics club at the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School and the “Thunder Chicks” were born!

Tthunderchickshe team includes girls who have previous experience with robotics as well as some who do not. They were the only all-girl team at their first competitions. They placed in the top 10 teams and had the second highest point scoring team in a tournament in January. They were also only one of three teams nominated for the Think Award, which considers not only the performance of the robot, but also the team’s collaboration, communication and project documentation.

Irma Rangel is a Dallas public school emphasizing mathematics, science and technology in a rigorous academic environment. More than 75% of its students are from economically disadvantaged homes and 85% will be first-generation college students.

All of the girls on the team plan to go to college. Their aspirations range from computer science and engineering to  computer animation, patent law and business.

Well done, Thunder Chicks!

 

Announcing our 2016 Winter Grant Recipients

We are excited to share our 2016 Winter Grant Cycle recipients. We selected these programs based on their ability to deliver on specific criteria, including: preparing girls academically for successful college study in STEM fields; fostering girls’ interest, confidence and persistence in STEM studies and fields; and producing measurable results that show a positive impact on closing the gender gap.

Design Connect Create (DCC), our partner for delivering summer AP physics camps for girls, will offer six camp sessions in 2016. Our support will allow DCC to scale the camps by serving up to 220 girls this year—2.5x more than 2015! DCC will offer the camps in Dallas ISD, Mesquite ISD and Fort Worth ISD, as well as two open enrollment camps at the University of Texas at Dallas. Expected outcomes include higher AP-Physics test scores than non-campers, and long-term, DCC expects to increase the number of four-year degrees in STEM and Engineering earned by campers, based on 2006 cohort results.

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The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) will deliver STEM Gender Equity training for educators in two North Texas school districts. NAPE training helps educators identify possible sources of bias, recognize the unique gifts of others and embrace cultural diversity. The expected outcome will be that educators will implement NAPE micromessaging strategies in their classrooms and encourage girls to pursue further study in STEM.

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The II-VI Foundation will expand its Summer Science Splash Camp into North Texas at the University of Texas at Dallas. Our grant will subsidize 50 seats for girls, out of 100 total seats. The mission of the II-VI Foundation is to encourage and enable students to pursue a career in engineering, science and mathematics while maintaining a standard of excellence in that pursuit. Summer Science Splash Camp is a one week residential camp for middle school girls and boys, nurturing students’ interest in STEM subjects at a time when they are beginning to think about their future careers. The camp also operates in Pennsylvania, Florida and Mississippi.

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Congratulations to our winter grant recipients!

 

Feb. 29 Volunteer Appreciation Event — RSVP by Feb. 26

The High-Tech High Heels (HTHH) Board of Directors is grateful for the dedication of our wonderful volunteers. Our work would not be possible without your support. Please join us at our first annual Volunteer Appreciation event, where you will:

  • Learn about the impact our volunteers are making to help more local students pursue STEM degrees and careers;
  • Network with other HTHH volunteers;
  • Learn about new volunteer opportunities; and
  • Meet the HTHH Board of Directors.

When: Monday, February 29, 2016, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Where: Plano’s Environmental Education Center
4116 West Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093
Complimentary parking

Light appetizers will be provided and there is no charge to attend.

Please RSVP by Friday, February 26. If you have already RSVP’d, we look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Introducing our 2015 fall grant recipients

We are excited to announce the recipients of our fall grants. Your donations enable us to support these and other quality programs that are closing the gender gap in STEM.

  • Girls attending Design Connect Create (DCC) summer physics camps will extend their STEM learning year round with the opportunity to attend monthly “Saturday Study Sessions” during the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Female STEM Scholars at the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) STEM Institute will become peer mentors and tutors to high school girls during the DCC Saturday Study Sessions. DCCCD STEM Institute serves students from underrepresented populations, including 36% female, 77% minority and 41% first-generation college students. Most of them go on to graduate with a STEM degree.
  • Girls attending the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School will be able to participate in a First Tech robotics club, established through our grant to the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. Irma Rangel emphasizes mathematics, science and technology in a rigorous academic environment. More than 75% of its students are from economically disadvantaged homes and 85% will be first-generation college students.

We carefully select programs to receive grants based on their ability to deliver on specific criteria, including: preparing girls academically for successful college study in STEM fields; fostering girls’ interest, confidence and persistence in STEM studies and fields; and producing measurable results that show a positive impact on closing the gender gap.

NEW! The Eugene McDermott Foundation Challenge Grant

During our 2nd annual Friendraiser, we announced a new Eugene McDermott Foundation Challenge Grant, which will match all donations to High-Tech High Heels dollar for dollar from September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016 up to $50,000. That means your donation to High-Tech High Heels will go twice as far! Click here to make an online donation.

Save the Date! 2015 High-Tech High Heels Friendraiser

We are excited to announce the date of our second Friendraiser event on September 15th at 6pm at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Please mark your calendar to attend this exciting event to enjoy networking, a silent auction and much more while supporting STEM programs that benefit North Texas students. Stay tuned for more details and RSVP information!

High-Tech High Heels is now part of the Communities Foundation of Texas!

We are excited to announce that we have established our own non-profit organization early this year, with an expanded leadership team and a new partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT). All dollars contributed to-date will continue to be invested 100% in our mission and programs. All future donations will be held in a CFT fiscal-sponsorship account and will continue to be invested in our mission and governed by the bylaws of the new non-profit organization.

Our commitment to increase the number of North Texas girls entering a college-level degree program in STEM is as strong as ever. Look for more exciting news to come in 2015!

STEM Inspiration from the Gonzales Family

We’re so proud of Martha Gonzales and her daughters, Kristine, Kimberly and Karen, who were featured in an NBC5 story about engineering mentors for Hispanic Heritage Month. The Gonzales family has been involved with High-Tech High Heels programs for years, and they recently spoke at the#LatinasinSTEM101 conference in Dallas to inspire future engineers. Read their story and be inspired!