Announcing High-Tech High Heels North Texas Winter Grantees

High-Tech High Heels is proud to announce our 2021 Winter Grant awards.  We are extremely thankful to have these partners, who passionately deliver these outstanding programs.


Design Connect Create (DCC) will receive a grant to support their AccelerateHER Physics and CodeHER Coding Camps in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  The HTHH grant will be used to deliver 4 one-week summer STEM camps that can be delivered either virtual or in person.  The grant will fully fund 64 middle and high school girls from low socioeconomic DFW districts to attend summer camps at no cost to the participants.

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) will deliver STEM Gender Equity training to one cohort of Educators in Mesquite ISD.  HTHH is making a grant  to cover the cost of  training 30 Educators impacting 750 girls. NAPE training helps educators identify possible sources of bias, recognize the unique gifts of others and embrace cultural diversity. The expected outcome will be that educators will implement NAPE micro-messaging strategies in their classrooms and encourage girls to pursue further study in STEM.

After-School All-Stars (ASAS) North Texas will receive a grant to deliver the #FemSTEM academic enrichment club, exclusively for female students at 6 Dallas schools, reaching an estimated 220 girls. Their holistic after-school programming has a focus on STEM and incorporates academic tutoring, hands-on STEM activities, mentoring, and STEM field trips to give students college & career exposure.

Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas will receive a grant to fund Eureka!, a STEM program for girls. These STEM activities span five years through a cohort model that combines ongoing hands‐on experiences, mentorships with industry professionals, activities in a college campus environment, internship/externship opportunities for job shadowing and college test preparation. This grant will fund program expenses for the Eureka! program activities for 80 girls, as well as internships/externships for 10th graders to give the girls job shadowing and workplace experience.

Friends of Solar Prep is a non-profit organization in support of the Solar Preparatory School for Girls.  Solar Prep is a Dallas ISD Choice school supporting girls from K – 8th grade with a focus on an integrated, performance-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) and social emotional learning.  HTHH is making a grant to fund STEM Professional Development for 25 Solar Prep teachers that will impact 675 girls.

GEMS (Girls interested in Engineering, Mathematics and Science) takes a holistic approach to providing girls with experiential learning programs, incorporating research-based best practices for bringing girls from underrepresented populations into the STEM career pipeline.  HTHH is providing a grant to GEMS for capacity building to hire one part time staff member to support their STEM Camps for 120 middle school girls.

Aggie STEM will receive a grant to help fund scholarships to their virtual EmpowHERing STEM Summer Camps.  HTHH’s grant will provide scholarships for 30 girls from high-achieving, economically disadvantaged middle and high schools for a 5 day online STEM Summer Camp and empower them to pursue STEM.  This camp helps the girls develop STEM skills and provides information on the wide variety of STEM careers.

Sci-Tech Discovery Center is working to expand their Girl Power program (2nd to 8th grades) from a 1 to a 4 year longitudinal program.  One semester of Girl Power typically includes 24 unique, TEKS aligned lessons.  The grant from HTHH will fund 2 additional classes of 40 girls at either the planned STEM-focused school in West Dallas or one of the feeder schools for this site.

Thank you to all of our generous donors for their continued support which allows us to fund these innovative, inspiring, and educational STEM programs for girls in North Texas.