TechGYRLS is a youth empowerment program designed to raise girls’ interest, confidence and self-efficacy in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). The TechGYRLS program will help young girls develop the usage of technological tools, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in any profession they pursue. The program offers students a safe, supportive, girls-only environment for exploration and learning using curriculum comprised of design, animation, programming and robotics.

Who’s Eligible:

Girls ages 9 to 14

Next Sessions:

Parks Francis Center
Ruby on Rails – Intro to Coding

TechGYRLS will learn the basics of coding using Ruby on Rails. By 2020 there will be 1,000,000 programming jobs. The annual starting salary of a programmer is $62,000!! Computers are the most integral part of our lives! TechGYRLS will learn the impact and the knowledge to be apart of this ever growing tech industry!

To register, please call 773-496-5645 or email

Patterson McDaniel Center
Winter Camp 2016: Engineering Extraterrestrials!

Did you know that there are planets outside our solar system? Those stars you see in the sky, may have planets just like ours orbiting them. The TechGYRLS will imagine what life would look like on alien planet and engineer an alien of their own! THEN, bring that alien to life by learning the movie making skills of stop motion animation! Join us for this three day experience— 12/27, 12/28, 12/29.


A $40 deposit is due at the time of registration. Click here to complete the form online.

The email confirmation will provide you with the link to pay off the balance. If you pay the balance in full before November 23rd, the early bird rate is $80. Any payments on or after November 23rd are $110.


For more information about TechGYRLS, please call 773-496-5645 or email Interested supporters can contact Program Director, Laticia Dezell, at



New research shows that it is imperative to include the Arts in curriculums that were once focused exclusively on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to help transform the 21st century economy. By adding Art and Design to the equation, STEM becomes STEAM. Visit the following links for more information:


This program is made possible with the support from:

The Grainger Foundation
Sears Holdings Corporation
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Chicago Tribune
The Aunt Marlene Foundation

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