Announcing Tech Savvy 10…
Tech Savvy Girls …
Brilliant and Resilient!

Register NOW!

Fun workshops to inspire girls to pursue careers
in science, technology, engineering and math

For Western New York’s …
 6th to 9th grade girls
10th – 12th grade girls (on a Roll program with SAT Prep & Workshops)
& their parents, grandparents, teachers, counselors & other interested adults

Saturday, March 15, 2015                8:30 am - 5:00 pm       
SUNY Buffalo North Campus Student Union
(Shuttle from South Campus Available)

Register by February 17.  Online registration is now available.
Pre-registration is required.  

Registrations must be fully paid within one week of registering, or your registration will be cancelled.

Please register early. We often fill up, so late registrations may not be accepted.
 $5 per person. 
One Tech Savvy student will win a new laptop computer
and one student will win a new tablet!

What is Tech Savvy?
Tech Savvy is designed to encourage girls to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers by a fun, illuminating day of activities.  Studies show that after middle school, girls often become disinterested in science and math courses.  High-school girls tend to enroll in science courses at lower levels than their male counterparts.  Tech Savvy is presented  and sponsored by the American Association of University Women Buffalo Branch, Inc.    Major support for Tech Savvy is provided by Praxair.  WTS, Baxter, and UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and also provide support for TS10.

About Tech Savvy 10… This Year’s Theme:

What’s the formula for Success?
Success  =  Persistence + Confidence + Resilience
And this year, at TS10, we will focus on the third of these key ingredients: resilience


How do pearls get that lustrous and hard coating?

Pearls form from an oyster. 
Remarkably, a beautiful pearl won’t come into existence, without dealing with a little difficulty.  The life of a pearl starts when something irritates it, perhaps a piece of sand.  In order to get rid of the irritant and to protect itself, the oyster responds: The oyster secretes a smooth material called “nacre” and continues to do so, building this beautiful coating—and the result is a pearl. 

Compared to other gems that may need polishing, a pearl comes out naturally lustrous, beautiful, brilliant, and resilient.

So, Tech Savvy Girls, take a lesson from the pearls: 

Do you shy away from math and science because it might be a little hard?  Do you ever think that it’s not great to be one in a crowd?  Sometimes someone else may seem to know a bit more?  And, it’s a bit scary to do something different? 

We all feel that way sometimes.  And, that’s where the hard work begins.  All Tech Savvy women know this.  They are brilliant AND resilient. 

And, hey, you are a tech savvy girl, so you are too!  So, any time something difficult comes your way, let’s remember that tech savvy girls find a way to work through it. 

After all, look at the pearls!      

(Thanks to American Pearl on pearl formation.)


Linda Cureton is the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  There, she led one of the best Information Technology organizations in government. Linda served as principle adviser to the NASA Administrator, providing insight and technology leadership to some of the most brilliant scientists and engineers in the world.  

Now, Linda is the CEO of Muse Technologies, Incorporated.  Muse is an exciting new start-up that specializes in IT transformation.  Her company helps organizations develop strong leadership, technology, and program management solutions  to achieve powerful outcomes.  She is also the author of The Leadership Muse an educational and inspirational book that outlines lessons for today’s heroic leadership journey.

Linda Cureton was born and raised in Washington, DC and went to DC public schools attending Duke Ellington School of the Arts studying trumpet, French horn, and piano. In 1980, she graduated from Howard University with a BS in Mathematics. She later received a Master of Science degree and post-Masters advanced certificate in Applied Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University. 

Linda is well-known as a strong leader and innovator.  While CIO, she created the popular NASA CIO blog and continues to be a prolific blogger. 

Linda is a leader in her community and serves on a number of advisory boards and works within a number of organizations.  She has received recognition for many of her efforts, including mentoring in technology areas. 

In addition to her other work, Linda enjoys her love of music through a small home-based business that provides piano lessons where she teaches with her mother. 

She lives in Maryland with her mother, her husband of 21 years, and his grandson.

Note - We are hoping that some of the past keynoters will join us. 

Those expected to attend at this time are:

About Tech Savvy … for Middle School Girls:

STEM WORKSHOPS:  This year, we have 22 fun, hands-on workshops in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) so that you can meet role models, learn about careers and STEM principles, and plan steps for successful preparation.  Whether you like robots or rovers, dinosaurs or butterflies, candy or ice cream, dark clouds or bright lights, or if you like to take things apart or put them together…       we have fun covered! 

SAVVY SKILLS WORKSHOPS:  Look forward to cooking up your own set of skills that will lead you to success!  Your afternoon workshops will help you build skills that will take you into college and through life… this year with the help of some of our favorite past keynote speakers!

THE COLLEGE CORNER:  Every year, the College Corner changes just a bit to help you prepare for college…. In a fun way! 

 PLUS… There are fun games, lots of things to take home, friends to meet AND new skills to build.  We look forward to seeing you at Tech Savvy!

About Tech Savvy… for 10th  - 12th Grade Girls
Tech Savvy Girls on a Roll

So, you’ve attended Tech Savvy as a 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grader? 
Or perhaps you’re in high school and thinking seriously about your future.
In either case, Tech Savvy has something just for you. 

Very soon, you will be ready to go to college.  And we’re here to help you stay “on a roll”! 

You are invited to join us for a special set of activities for high school girls. 

11th & 12th Graders: SAT PRACTICE EXAM
For all girls in 11th grade, we suggest taking a full SAT practice exam.  We also suggest the exam for girls in 12th grade who have not yet taken the SAT.  While this may not seem like fun at first, your time and preparation will be worth the investment.  We offer the practice exam at no charge, administered by The Princeton Review.  This year, Tech Savvy Girls on a Roll will have a chance to take the exam on Saturday, Feb 28, and you will receive your scores during a session on March 14.

Saturday: February 28: SAT Practice Exam
9 am
UB South Campus: Diefendorf Hall Room 146
Pre-registration required

This year’s “on a roll” program will also contain enhanced workshops just for you! You’ll meet women in STEM fields in a special “MASTER” class this year… and start prepping for college.  And, you’ll enjoy a lunch with your peers!

And there will be a few special prizes at the keynote session (just for 10th  - 12th grade girls!).

10th, 11th & 12th Graders: Special Workshops Just for You at Tech Savvy

Saturday: March 14: Tech Savvy
8:30 am
UB North Campus: Student Union

Tech Savvy Girls on a Roll is rolling…..  Tech Savvy Girls On A Roll doesn’t end at Tech Savvy 10.  You’ll enjoy more experiences throughout the year to keep you on the tech savvy path all the way to college!

Tech Savvy for Adults
Tech Savvy is not just for kids!  A full session of activities is scheduled for parents and other adults in the lives of girls!  This year, we’ll focus on Resilience Builders for Girls.  So, please join us for workshops and engaging discussion.  It is a day’s investment that will reap dividends in your child’s future! 

MORNING JUMP START: We are so proud to feature the work of a new researcher in engineering education, Stacie Gregory.  An emerging expert in stereotype threat, Ms. Gregory will share her recent research studies and help you to prepare your girls to be ready for the world!

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS: Life’s all about choices, and we have four workshops to help build the tools that you want and need!

And resilient girls are equipped for safety.  Thanks to the Family Justice Center, a new lunch session is planned… all ways to keep engineering your girl to success... in school and in life!

Students and Adults: Sign up Now!
Registration fee: $5 per person
Brochure & FAQ<<link to Brochure>> available now!
<<link to Reg Form>> available now!
Online registration available NOW.

Also… Special Tech Savvy Announcements

Tech Savvy art contest… We’re looking for this year’s logo… Email your original artwork to by February 1!  …<<link to Art Contest>>

Tech Savvy is 10 years old!  That’s right!  And we have special guests joining us for the special occasion.  Look forward to seeing some of the past keynote speakers – and maybe a Tech Savvy girl who is now in STEM!  Also, look for special 10th anniversary door prizes – all to keep our girls tech savvy!

Directions to UB’s Campus
<<See Below>>

 Shuttle Information (from South Campus)
 <<See Below>>

Here’s what Tech Savvy girls in their lives said* about Tech Savvy:
Glad I came… Now I think of science and math differently.
I might come here for college.
Feel more empowered like I can do anything…
This really helps girls to understand.  Thanks (AAUW) for understanding us.
I liked it so much & I think people can learn from this.
I did not know that much, and I discovered that women should be… because we have so much we can do.
This was the best educational (program) and fun to learn about all these fields and studies.
More fun than I expected
This is my second year… Wish this was open to 15-18 year olds.
Didn’t want to come, now I want to come back
It was perfect.
College Corner was fun
Good & helpful
Love this program- helped me bond with different (people) I’ve never met before.  Thank you.
You rock!

*Comments were summarized from actual feedback received after Tech Savvy  programs.


If you are traveling on Route 33 (the Kensington Expressway), take Route 33 to I-90 East and proceed to I-290 West.  Follow directions below for I-290**.

If you are traveling on I-190 South, follow I-190S to I-90 East and proceed to I-290 West.  Follow directions below for I-290**.

If you are traveling on I-190 North, follow I-190N to I-290 East.  Follow directions below for I-290**.

**From the I-290 (Youngman Expressway), take exit 5B (Millersport Highway North).  When you exit onto Millersport Highway, proceed through one traffic light, pass the Maple Road exit and continue to the next exit, Flint Road, to UB’s North Campus.  Once on campus, follow Flint to Augspurger; take left onto Augspurger.  Go to Hadley; take right onto Hadley.  Go to White Road; take right onto White Road.  From White Road, take a right into the Furnas Parking Lot.  (The Furnas Lot is just before White Road ends... If you reach Lee Road, you have just passed the Furnas Lot.)  Proceed to the far side of the lot to park.  The Student Union is just across the street from the parking lot.

If you are traveling on the I-990, take Exit 1 (UB Exit).  Once on campus, take a right onto the John James Audubon Parkway to Flint Road.  Take a left onto Flint Road.  Follow Flint to Augspurger; take left onto Augspurger.  Go to Hadley; take right onto Hadley.  Go to White Road; take right onto White Road.  From White Road, take a right into the Furnas Parking Lot.  (The Furnas Lot is just before White Road ends... If you reach Lee Road, you have just passed the Furnas Lot.)  Proceed to the far side of the lot to park.  The Student Union is just across the street from the parking lot.

If arriving at the SUNY Buffalo SOUTH Campus and taking the Shuttle to the North Campus

UB’s South Campus is located at the corner of Main Street (Route 5) and Bailey Avenue (Route 62).  
(Please note: The NFTA MetroRail provides service to the UB South Campus. There is an NFTA Metro Bus stop near the Main/Bailey Lot.)

When you reach the South Campus, please proceed to the Main/Bailey Lot.  (Parking spaces are available at the Main/Bailey lot.)  In order to ride the shuttle, please proceed to the center of the Main/Bailey Lot and convene in the shuttle shelter. 

Please note that the shuttle will leave the Main/Bailey Lot at 8:00 am.  You must be present at the shuttle shelter by 7:45 am in order to be transported to the North Campus. 

Note: The Shuttle must be reserved.  There is a $1 shuttle fee, payable with your registration.  For planning purposes, you must indicate on your registration form  whether or not you plan to take the shuttle from the South Campus.