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.


Where: YWCA Parks Francis Center
Who's Eligible: Girls ages 9 to 14
Current Session:

TechGYRLS Sketch-Up

TechGYRLS will be a 3-D Warehouse that models Grainger Supply in Pilsen. Download the flyer to learn more.

When: Saturdays (July 12, July 19, July 26 & August 2)
9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
 Next Session: TechGYRLS JitterBug (August 9, August 16 & August 23)
TechGYRLS 101 (starts September 20, 2014)

Complete the pre-registration form (students can drop into any session)

Contact: For more information about TechGYRLS, contact Shquestra Sitawi at 773.496.5621 or



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:

The STEAM Movement: It's About More Than Hot Air!National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture
The Evolution of a Game-Changing Acronym: Why Government Recognition of STEAM is Critical, Arcade 
STEM + A = STEAM, When art meets science, technology, engineering and math, Sesame Street
The Innovation Curriculum: STEM, STEAM Or SEA?, Forbes