High-Tech High Heels North Texas Winter Grantees

High-Tech High Heels is proud to announce our 2022 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 6 one-week summer STEM camps that can be delivered either virtually or in person.  The grant will fully fund 100 middle and high school girls from low socio-economic DFW districts to attend summer cagimps 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 from K through 12th grade. 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 and 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 -8th through 12th grade – 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’s grant will fund STEM Professional Development for 30 Solar Prep teachers that will impact 750 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 HTHH will grant funds to support their summer program that would provide up to 40 female students with a scholarship to attend a five-day residential or online STEM summer camp to prepare them for college study in STEM fields. This opportunity provides female students, who are underrepresented in STEM fields, with access to STEM concepts and skills. Participants will also gain knowledge of the wide variety of available STEM career options, university application requirements needed to pursue STEM majors, and the financial benefits of pursuing STEM careers.

Girlstart will receive a grant to reach over 350 North Texas high-need girls every week with high quality, hands-on STEM educational experiences through several after school programs. In addition, 75 of the girls will get an opportunity to go through a 4 week-long, technology intensive Girlstart summer program in North Texas.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC) will use the funds to support their new Girls of Color Discovering STEAM camp. The students will also engage in one-on-one mentoring with the UT Dallas STEM undergraduates and professors, the students will engage in on-going project-based learning and explore real-world experiences in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. All of the skills learned are transferrable for current grade-school, college, and beyond. This will help create a pathway and pipeline students to attend college to pursue careers in STEM.

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.