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Female Students Explore Careers in Technology

Techbridge Girls from Mount View Elementary School visit Synapse.
Techbridge Girls from Mount View Elementary School visit Synapse.
 
Girls are learning about careers in technology thanks to a partnership with Techbridge, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring females to pursue science, engineering and technology.

This spring, Techbridge took nearly 200 students from several Highline elementary and middle schools to technology companies such as Facebook, Moz, Google, #tagboard, and Synapse.

“I thought tech and engineering were going to be hard, but once I heard what the people at Facebook said, it wasn’t hard. I liked meeting role models,” said one student after the field trips.

Techbridge Girls from Sylvester Middle School visit #tagboard.
Techbridge Girls from Sylvester Middle School visit #tagboard.
 
The students met with female engineers and computer scientists, participated in hands-on learning activities, and went on office tours. With open floor plans, big work stations, and dog-friendly environments, students said the offices were different than what they had imagined.

“[The field trips] changed my mind a lot,” remarked one student. “At first I thought [technology] was boring. When I entered Techbridge I thought it was cool, and when I went to Moz, I really wanted to work there.”

This is the first year Highline has partnered with Techbridge. More career exploration opportunities are planned for next year.



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