YWCA Lake County

TechGYRLS® Annual IT Empowerment Day for Girls

Up close with a real human brain 

In partnership with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Every year, the YWCA TechGYRLS program and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science team up to put on the IT Empowerment Day for Girls. 100 9-14 year old TechGYRLS from four area schools visit the University, where they engage in activities exposing them to STE2M and 
STE2M careers


During this all-day field trip, the girls get to attend four different sessions:
Engineering, Pathology, Physical Therapy, and Information Technology. 

The YWCA Youth Leadership & Development director leads the girls in the engineering exercise – building weight-bearing bridges out of toothpicks and candy.  The pathology professor from the university shows the girls many human organs and they get to touch them and hear about healthy and diseased parts of the body.  The third session is also led by a RFUMS professor from the physical therapy department.  She shows the girls some exercises as well as the different career branches in physical therapy.  The fourth session educates the girls about internet safety and delves into information technology and project management with female staff from a local company.

TechGYRLS as engineers building weight-bearing bridges


Benefits of the annual IT Empowerment Day for Girls:

  • Experience a college campus
  • Learn how to protect yourself in cyberspace
  • Learn about project management
  • Discover the tools and techniques of physical therapy
  • Experience the look and feel of real human organs
  • Become an engineer while using basic concepts to build structures

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