FALL 2016

Welcome to TechNights!
Free Weekly Workshops for Middle School Girls

An outreach program from Women@SCS
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

See the *TechNights Movie*

TechNights (Creative Technology Nights for Girls) is a program focused on exposing middle school girls to creative technologies.  Using computer animation, web design, programming, robotics, and interactive medias, we hope to engage a future generation of women in technology. 

This year TechNights is sponsored by Duolingo!

ATTENTION PARENTS! Please download and fill out the registration and release forms (this pdf can be filled out online) and return by email or at the sessions before your student joins us for TechNights.

Check out our Resources Page

ACM's Top 10 Reasons to Major in Computing

Download our TechNights Poster (jpg)

More Carnegie Mellon Outreach Programs: Leonard Gelfand Center

Gelfand Center Fall Saturday Series for 2016

When TechNights girls leave middle school they can go on to Girls of Steel: a robotics team and much more!


Our workshops are held on Carnegie Mellon Campus!

Carnegie Mellon Directions and Maps
Note: Parking is free in the campus parking lots after 5.00pm on Mondays. We suggest the Morewood parking lot on Forbes Avenue. This is opposite the side road which leads directly to the new Gates-Hillman Building
Lost? call the Carnegie Mellon information desk: 412-268-2107.


Where: When:

4405 Gates-Hillman
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University

Fall 2016
Mondays, 7.00-8.30pm
Fall Start Date: Monday, October 3

October 2016
Monday, Oct. 3 Open House: Sorting Algorithms (families welcome to stay for Open House) Slides and photos
Monday, Oct.10 Protein Folding Slides and photos
Monday, Oct. 17 Algorithmic Thinking Slides and photos
Monday, Oct. 24 Compression and Huffman Encoding Slides and photos
Monday, Oct. 31 No Session
November 2016
Monday, Nov. 7 Bioengineering/Orthopaedics: Perry Initiative photos
Monday, Nov. 14 Localization and Accessibility Slides and photos
Monday, Nov. 21

Open House: Women in Engineering and Computer Science Panel (families welcome to stay for Open House): Slides and photos

  • Natalia Castillejo and Diane Yang, Engineers, Duolingo
  • Paige Kassalen, Covestro Liason and Electrical Engineer on Ground Crew, Solar Impulse
  • Amy Ogan, Assistant Professor, Human Computer Interaction Institute, CMU
  • Nicole Rafidi, PhD Student, Machine Learning Department, CMU
  • Natalie Sauerwald, PhD Student, Computational Biology Deparment, CMU (and one of our amazing TechNights student leaders!)
Spring 2016 February
Monday, Feb. 8th, GHC 4405 Open House: Game Theory Photos and Summary and Slides
Monday, Feb. 15th, GHC 4405 Team from Duolingo to Lead! Summary and Slides
Monday, Feb. 22nd, Hunt Library Lab. Kodu Part 1. Kodu Slides and Photos
Monday, Feb. 29th, Hunt Library Lab. Kodu Part 2. Kodu Slides and Photos
March 2016
Monday, March 7th NO SESSION -- CMU Spring Break
Monday, March 14th, Hunt Library Lab. Graphics with Python Slides and Photos
Monday, March 21st, GHC 4405 Basic Braining Slides and Photos
Monday, March 28th, GHC 4405 Support Vector Machines Slides and Photos
April 2016
Monday, April 4th

Computer Vision
plus Parents/Friends "Outreach Roadshow" by Dr. Frieze and Students Slides and Photos

Monday, April 11th, GHC 4405 Open House: Girls of Steel
Graduate Student Organizer

Ada photoAda Zhang
Ph.D. Student
Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon

Graduate Student Organizer

Natalie picNatalie Sauerwald
Ph.D. Student
Computational Biology
Carnegie Mellon

lauraLaura Tabachnick
TechNights Administartor
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon

Dr Carol Frieze
Director, Women@SCS:
Gates 4111
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon

2015-2016 Program, Photos and Topic Slides

2015 Spring Program, Photos and Topic Slides

2014 Fall Program and Photos

2014 Spring Program and Photos

2013 Fall Program and Photos

2013 Spring Program and Photos

2012 Program and Photos

2011 Program and Photos