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Girls in STEM Tech Retreat



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When: November 10-12, 2017

Who: Girls in grades 5th-9th

Where: Keystone Science School's campus

Cost: $150 (includes lodging, meals, programming, and use of supplies and technology)

Special Partners:

Laika Production's Sara Ireland is coming to the 2017 Girls in STEM Tech Retreat. Laika Production is the production company of Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, Coraline, Corpse Bride and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

On Saturday night, the girls will attend the showing of Kubo and the Two Strings, presented by the Breckenridge Film Festival. The public is welcome to join and can learn more and purchase tickets here

Why Should I Participate in Girls in STEM Tech Retreat?

In today’s film and media industries, there is a large gender gap, especially in the realm of technology. This gender gap is experienced not only the workforce but in the pursuit of post-secondary STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) degree programs. The research explains some of the disparities due to lacking female self-esteem within STEM subjects, limited mentors working within STEM fields and gender stereotypes within our society and educational system.

Keystone Science School’s Girls in STEM: Tech Retreat focuses on addressing challenges experienced by females entering STEM careers. Specifically, participants will work with female mentors as they learn about how careers in technology incorporate components of Film, Animation, Computer Science and general use of current technologies.  The participants will use technology to address community challenges by creating a short stop-motion film that utilizes a variety of applied technology skills. As participants work through the design thinking process they will incorporate empathy through personal interviews, reflection and bring their creations to the market while using feedback from the audience to revise their stop-motion prototypes. 

A key element of the program is a collaboration with the Breckenridge Film Festival and their network of professionals. Another component of the program will be a stop-motion film showing Saturday night (open to the public) and a discussion around the industry of film. Prior to the film, the girls will be able to share their creations with the audience and elicit constructive feedback before revising a final product for Sunday’s showcase to their families.    

Tech Retreat Schedule

Friday, November 10, 2017

6:00 pm                 Check-In (Dinner @ Keystone Science School)

7:30 pm                 Career Introduction to Animation and Film *Mentor Speaker (15-20 min presentation)

8:15 pm                 Quick Individual Activity to Introduce “Stop-Motion” Techniques

8:30 pm                 Breakout Teams: Empathize & Define: Identify the need, user, and constraints. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

8:00 am                 Day Overview (Breakfast @ Keystone Science School)

9:00 am                 Ideate: Develop a prototype, identify skills needed, continue interviews and research as needed.

11:00 pm              Prototype: Select a promising solution (work session ‘lab’ location TBD)

5:00 pm                 World Café style dinner with STEM professionals (location TBD)

6:30 pm                 Test prototype with an audience of the film (location TBD)

7:00 pm                 Film Showing (partner with Breckenridge Film Fest): TBD

 Sunday, November 12, 2017

9:00 am                 Implement (Evaluate Test and Revise): Redesign as needed (at KSS)

11:00 am              Preparation to communicate results

12:00 pm              Final Presentation (Film Fest Style) for families at Keystone Science School

Program Goals and Outcomes

  • Inspire confidence and leadership in young females through STEM-related fields.
  • Incorporate the design thinking process into interactive, engaging activities, while promoting a growth mindset.
  • Encourage collaboration between female students and professional female mentors.
  • Develop prototypes that utilize computer-based technology that can be accessed/viewed by a larger community.

Tech Retreat Sponsors

This program is made possible by the generous support of the following organizations; Storm Foundation, F Cubed Foundation,  Xcel Energy, Verizon and several individual supporters.

Tech Retreat Partners

laika   breck fil