Digital Divas Go Green-Exploring Green Careers

Digital Divas will 'go green' this year to educate girls on alternative energy and careers in green fields. Girls will participate in hands-on workshops to learn about solar energy, wind power, CAD, and green room design. They will also have a field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry, where they will build htdrogen fuel cell cars and tour the smart home.

Project Contact Info
First Name: 
Jen
Last Name: 
Holldorf
Phone: 
309-796-5133
Project Details
Lead Program: 
Digital Divas Go Green
Collaborating Programs
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Role and Contributions: 
NTO Chatroom is a collaboration of the Area Career Center and Black Hawk College. This program is offered twice during the school year to female students enrolled in nontraditional career programs. These student will be invited/encouraged to attend Digital Divas Go Green to continue learning abuot careers in NTOs. Staff at the Area Career Center are also part of the planning committee for DDGG. In addition, we will be collaboarting with University of Illinois Extension Rock Island, Mercer, Henry and Stark Unit to promote DDGG. Workshops will be taught by a teacher from Erie School District and a business owner from Clinton, Iowa who also teaches classes at Black Hawk College's Business and Community Education Center.
Project Goals: 
The goal of Digital Divas Go Green is to introduce high school girls to career opportunities in green fields, which are nontraditional for their gender. We also hope to educate them on green/alternative energy, so even if they don't go into a "green" career, they have education that will help them be green.
Project Design Plans: 
Digital Divas Go Green will be a three-day camp help the first week of June on the campus of Black Hawk College. Participants will be recruited through the schools in Black Hawk's district, through the local media, and through past participants. One day of the camp will be a bus trip to Chicago to the Museum of Science and Industry. Holding the camp on campus will allow the girls to experience a college classroom and atmosphere. They will be able to work with faculty and use resources provided by the College. The bus trip will allow us to expand their experience, but showing them something they may never see otherwise.
Activities and Methods: 
By utilizing professionals in the STEM fields, we will provide hands-on workshops for girls to learn about: Power in the US, Solar Energy, Wind Energy and Turbines, CAD Design, Nanotechnology, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, and Green Room Design. All workshops will be taugh by faculty at Black Hawk College or approved by Black Hawk College factuly.
Project Budget
Amount requested:
Amount of matching funds:
Organization providing matching funds:
ItemDescriptionCost
ScholarshipsHalf price scholarships for limited resource students300.00
T-ShirtsTshirts for participants, volunteers and staff525.00
InstructorsStipends for presenters750.00
TransportationBus transportation to Chicago1200.00
PostageMailings to past participants, enrollees, etc.100.00
SuppliesWorkshop and general supplies500.00
FoodMeals and staff for volunteers, presenters, and participants850.00
Workshop FeesFees for Museum of Science & Industry300.00
Give-a-waysWater bottles for participants, volunteers and presenters250.00
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Population Served
Grades Served: 
6-8
9-12
Genders Served: 
Female
Ethnicities Served: 
Asian
Black/African-American
Hispanic/Latino
White, non-Hispanic
Project Objectives
Who is your activity primarily targeted towards?: 
K-12 Students
What age are you targeting?: 
11-14, 15-18
What participant sub-groups (if any) is your activity targeting?: 
Females
Which of the following types of objectives does your activity focus on achieving?: 
STEM career knowledge / other general knowledge
What specifically do you want participants to be able to do after they participate in the activity?: 
Participants demonstrate an understanding of jobs available for designated STEM careers.
Other: 
build a working turbine, and hydrogen fuel cell car, print a CAD design, and use solar power
Who is your activity primarily targeted towards?: 
K-12 Students
What age are you targeting?: 
11-14, 15-18
What participant sub-groups (if any) is your activity targeting?: 
Females
Which of the following types of objectives does your activity focus on achieving?: 
Attitudes towards STEM careers and studying STEM
What specifically do you want participants to be able to do after they participate in the activity?: 
Participant will believe / have confidence that she or he can be successful as a practicing professional in the designated STEM career.
Who is your activity primarily targeted towards?: 
K-12 Students
What age are you targeting?: 
11-14, 15-18
What participant sub-groups (if any) is your activity targeting?: 
Females
Which of the following types of objectives does your activity focus on achieving?: 
STEM content knowledge/skills and other skills
What specifically do you want participants to be able to do after they participate in the activity?: 
Participants will be able to demonstrate their ability to perform a particular STEM-related skill or activity (e.g. rocketry, robotics, scientific method).
Project Evaluation
Assessment Activities: 
Informal discussion with participants
Informal discussion with program staff/volunteers
Pre and post participant surveys or questionnaires
Collecting Information: 
Yes