Associate Director of Communications & Media Relations
Girls' Geek Day at St. Anne's-Belfield School February 13
Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 8, 2016 – St. Anne’s-Belfield School will host a Girls’ Geek Day for more than 70 elementary school girls from 10 area schools on February 13.
Girls' Geek Days are extra-curricular, community events intended to spark girls’ interests in technology and computing. They offer fun, collaborative, hands-on environments to help girls investigate topics from coding to make-your-own silly putty, allowing girls to learn new skills and connect with other STEM programs in the local area.
“We hope that through the hands-on activities and the variety of role models they will encounter during Girls' Geek Days, that we are nurturing an inclusive community and sense of belonging while helping girls develop their own STEM-related identity,” said Kim Wilkens, co-instructor of computer science at St. Anne’s-Belfield School and founder of Charlottesville non-profit Tech-Girls.
The first Girls’ Geek Day was held in 2013, the brainchild of Albemarle County Schools teacher Paula White. Today, White and Wilkens work together with community organizations and volunteers to hold and support monthly events across the area during the school year.
More information is available at www.tech-girls.org.
LOCATION: St. Anne’s-Belfield School Learning Village Auditorium (799 Faulconer Drive)
DATE: February 13, 2016
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
CONTACT: Beth Stefanik, details above
Coverage of this event is encouraged. Interviews with organizers are available, interviews with participants likely with parental permission.
St. Anne’s-Belfield School is a co-educational preschool through grade 12 day school of more than 900 students and 120 faculty and staff, with a boarding program in grades 9 through 12. More than 20 countries are represented in the student body, with 38% of families receiving financial aid. More information may be found at www.stab.org.