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The New-York Historical Society Education Division provides dynamic programming and curriculum resources for students and teachers in New York and beyond. Historical study sparks curiosity and creativity, promotes cultural understanding, and fosters an empowered citizenry to strengthen our democracy. Our staff of passionate professionals draws on our world-renowned collections to engage learners of all ages in the study of our collective past.

 

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Education programs are made possible through endowments established by
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Hearst Foundations
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

Public funds are provided by
Institute of Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Altman Foundation
IBM
The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Sherri and Darren Cohen
Deutsche Bank
Onassis Foundation USA
Rice Family Foundation
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
GWG Foundation
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner
Henry Nias Foundation
an anonymous donor

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New-York Historical Society is making our popular Tech Scholars coding program available online to students nationwide for FREE.  


TECH SCHOLARS ONLINE

Learn to code online in a supportive, all-girl environment! Explore how women across the spectrum of race, class, and sexuality exercised power and effected change. Share under-told stories of women throughout history and code digital projects that make a difference in the world and help fight the gender gap. 

  • Interact live with an instructor and a community of girls for optimal learning.
  • Pair program and collaborate with other teens learning to code online.
  • Learn coding (including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) to design and build your own digital projects—including games, apps, and websites.
  • Get mentored by a wide range of women leaders in technology, and learn about career options! 

Open to: High school students, grades 9–12 who self-identify as girls.

Questions? Contact teens@nyhistory.org.

Upcoming TECH SCHOLARS ONLINE Programs for Teens:

Tech Scholars ONLINE: Web Design II
Thursdays, June 18 – July 23, 2020, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EST.
Participation is FREE for high school girls nationwide!  Register here by June 11!

Take your coding skills to the next level to code and create an online exhibition featuring women’s history!  Deepen your HTML and CSS skills and learn JavaScript to add more design effects to your websites.  Completion of Tech Scholars: Web Design or basic experience with HTML and CSS recommended for this program. 


TECH SCHOLARS IN THE MUSEUM

Learn to code in the Tech Commons @ New-York Historical alongside other girls!  Investigate the lives and legacies of women who have shaped the American experience. Be a digital changemaker and create your own projects—including games, apps, and websites—to share powerful stories about women in history! 

  • Learn coding (including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) to design and build your own digital projects.
  • Research historical figures and events that continue to impact young people today.
  • Get mentored by museum professionals and influential women in the technology field.
  • Get behind-the-scenes access to our Center for Women’s History.

Open to: High school students, grades 9–12 who self-identify as women.

Students who complete 2+ of our Tech Scholars or Scholars programs are eligible to apply for a PAID internship at the New-York Historical Society in our Teen Leaders Program!

Questions? Contact teens@nyhistory.org or 212-873-3400 Ext 356.

Upcoming Tech Scholars Programs: 

Tech Scholars: App Builders
Summer: July 13 – 17 2020, 9am – 3pm
Participation is FREE for all students!
Get inspired by women throughout history who effected change in American society, then learn JavaScript code and design thinking to create your own app for social change! 

Applications for this cohort have closed. Additional summer Tech Scholars ONLINE programs will be on this site soon, sign up for our mailing list to receive a notification. 

Tech Scholars: Video Games
Summer: August 10 – 14 2020, 9am – 3pm
Participation is FREE for all students!
Immerse audiences in the powerful stories of women in history by learning to code in JavaScript to create a video game! 

Applications for this cohort have closed. Additional summer Tech Scholars ONLINE programs will be on this site soon, sign up for our mailing list to receive a notification.  

Tech Scholars II: Web Design
Summer: July 27-31, 10am – 3pm
Participation is $300 with Family Membership to N-YHS or $350 per student for non-Members. Full and partial scholarship opportunities are available to applicants who qualify
Girls who code can take their skills to the next level to code and create an online exhibit featuring themes and movements in U.S. women’s history.

Applications open to teens who have completed Tech Scholars: Web Design or have previous experience in HTML and CSS.
Applications open! Apply 
here by April 24!

Important support for Tech Scholars provided by Susan Waterfall, Susan and Robert E. Klein,
and Best Buy.

 

TECH SCHOLARS FOR SCHOOLS

NEW! Bring the Tech Scholars experience to your class online!  We are now offering our full Tech Scholars coding program to middle and high schools, whether co-educational or all girls.  New-York Historical educators conduct live, online interactive programs exclusively for your class or school.

The full program costs $600 for 5 online sessions.  

Email teens@nyhistory.org for more information on coding programs for middle and high schools and classes. 

Tech Scholars Online: Web Design
5 sessions, 1 hour each
Where are all the women in history textbooks? Explore important contributions by underrepresented women in history, then code and create a website to amplify a woman’s story as you learn HTML and CSS.

Tech Scholars Online: App Builders
5 sessions, 1 hour each
Get inspired by women throughout history who effected change in American society, then learn JavaScript code and design thinking to create your own app for social change! 
 

ABOUT TECH SCHOLARS

Mission: Tech Scholars has a mission to bridge the gender gap in technology, and to make coding accessible to girls through our unique humanities-based programs.  

What We Do: Tech Scholars engages girls in coding through passion projects in the humanities.   

Making Coding Accessible to Girls: In designing Tech Scholars, we deeply considered what research says about how to engage girls in coding. Research shows that girls are more likely to want to learn to code when it relates to changing the world in some way. Girls are also more likely to pursue coding when it relates to storytelling. Rather than teaching high school girls to “code for coding’s sake,” Tech Scholars create digital media projects that aim to have a social impact. Women’s stories and culturally responsive classes provide the hook for girls to get excited about learning to code: They express their ideas to make a difference in the world.  

Why it Matters: Tech Scholars was conceived in response to well-documented declines in girls’ engagement with computer science over the past decade as they advance through primary and secondary school. While over two-thirds of girls ages 6-12 report interest/enrollment in coding courses, that drops to less than one-third for girls ages 13-17.  The tech sector has a trove of well-paid jobs, but women hold just 25% of tech jobs. Tech Scholars provides career and coding training that makes computer science careers more accessible for girls.  

Women Mentors: Tech Scholars is staffed by experienced women computer programmers who are experts in their fields. Students are also mentored by influential women in the technology field, who represent the many pathways for young women with coding skills. Our programs feature a career panel, speed networking, and daily engagement with mentors in technology who help girls learn how to code.  

Classes Designed for Girls: We create safe spaces for girls to learn to code and build confidence in a supportive, all-girl environment. Our programs are designed to meet the learning needs of girls who code, with hands-on projects, group work and collaboration in every class.  

Our Impact: Our results show that passion projects in the humanities combined with learning to code dramatically improves outcomes for girls coding.  

  • 100% of girls state they are newly interested in entering the tech field, or have a deepened interest 
  • 100% of girls share they have learned to code
  • 97% of girls can correctly identify HTML syntax by the end of the program
  • 90% of girls can correctly debug a line of HTML code by the end of the program
  • 95% of girls can understand the function of CSS code in styling a webpage by the end of the program
Creative: Tronvig Group