Tech Savvy


WHERE: Hawaii Pacific University Windward Hawaii Loa Campus (45-045 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744)

WHEN: April 22, 2017; 8:30 AM – 4 PM

Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grade to these fields and to inform families about STEM education and careers.

Although the program focuses on exciting girls about STEM, Tech Savvy also includes an important program for parents. This component encourages families to reinforce the girls’ interest in STEM.

Register here!

Tech Savvy for Girls

The day begins with hands-on workshops in various math and science fields.

This year’s STEM sessions include:

  • What lies beneath? Simulating Mapping of the Ocean Floor
  • Ozobotics: Maze Challenge!
  • Suturing and Casting
  • Robotic Navigation of an Obstacle Course
  • Introduction to Creating 360° VR Video
  • Medical Laboratory Scientists, Solving Medical Mysteries
  • Aviation Navigation and Instruments
  • Buggin’ Out on Water Quality

The second portion of the day focuses on “savvy skills.” These are skills girls can use in their daily lives, such as critical thinking, sharing opinions, public speaking, and knowledge about financial literacy, negotiation, and interviewing.

This year’s savvy skills sessions include:

  • Global Energy Exchange: Beyond Technical Foundations Creating Critical Thinking Skills
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skill Awareness in STEM
  • Learn the secret to becoming rich!
  • Club Event Planning with Google Sheets, Automate It

Tech Savvy for Parents

The parents’ program features speakers on STEM education and careers, encouraging parents to ask questions about these fields.   Parents and students will participate in College Savvy to learn more about how current interests and skills can be translated into real life careers.  Last year’s College Savvy participants included:

  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • University of Hawaii, West Oahu
  • Wellesley College
  • Kapiolani Community College
  • Leeward Community College
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Pacific Aviation Museum

Keynote Speaker

During the final portion of the day, parents and girls reconvene to hear from Monica Isava, a mechanical engineeer from Apple.  Monica will speak about the excitement of working in this high-tech world.  Transportation for Monica to speak at TechSavvy came from a generous donation from Hawaiian Airlines.


Professional women and students in STEM serve as Tech Savvy volunteers and role models. Volunteers provide crucial opportunities for the next generation of girls in STEM to meet real women who are succeeding in these educational and professional fields.

Click here for more information on volunteering…

Thank you to our generous sponsors: