Changing the Face of Technology with Women

Girls Reaching for Education About Technology and Moving In New Directions for Success

Girls Reaching for Education About Technology and Moving in New Directions for Success (GREATMINDS™) is an outreach to encourage young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through its community programs.

DFW*ATW launched the GREATMINDS™ initiative ten years ago as a step to fulfill its mission of encouraging women and girls to enter technology fields. The GREATMINDS™ Program bridges the gap between industry and schools (students, educators and parents) by establishing community programs and groups focused on reaching out to young girls. The programs under this initiative have included one day events, camps and scholarships.

“Studies have shown that as girls get more interested in STEM fields throughout their youth, they are more likely to pursue careers that use STEM to solve today’s challenges. Through our GREATMINDSTM programs, we expose young girls to women that have pursued STEM careers and encourage them to be interested in “cool” technology fields. GREATMINDSTM provides a great place for them to start!”

– Marilyn Kibler-Colón, President, DFW*ATW

GREATMINDSTM Sponsored Events


       "Dallas ISD STEM EXPO"  

      The STEM EXPO provides students, parents, and community members an opportunity to participate in over 140 hands-on exhibits (featuring science,            technology, engineering, and mathematics) and serve as the culminating event for our District Championships.



“Girls in STEM Summer Expo 2018”

It was open to all, and designed to encourage young students to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) through interactive and educational games and activities. The event was July 28, 2018. See event photos below:


    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Registration is closed

    Spring STEAM Achievers Purpose Hackathon: April is Autism Awareness Month

       - DFW*ATW Volunteers Needed - 

    DFW kids and youth will be giving back by designing video games for children with autism at the Spring STEAM Achievers Purpose Hackathon. This will be an exciting and positive competition between scholars from numerous Independent School Districts, where scholars will be designing video games for children with Autism! All-day mentorship will be provided by professionals in medicine, technology and higher education.

    Prizes, certificates and recognition from University of North Texas (UNT), University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and executives from organizations in STEAM fields including IBM, Microsoft and Cerebrum, among others, will be presented. Bring a laptop - strongly recommended but not required for participation. Scholars will work in teams.

    This will benefit children from University of North Texas Kristin Farmer Autism Center, among other organizations serving children within the Autism Spectrum and other disabilities.

    Date: Saturday April 20, 2019

    Time: 8 am – 5 pm

    Location: The University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management, 800 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080. Available Parking in GREEN PARKING spaces - see map on UTD website. 

    Registration to attend: $20.00 per participant. Breakfast and lunch provided.

    Register to attend on the UTD website.

    Need DFW*ATW Volunteers from 8:00 am -  5:00 pm!

    No technical experience or knowledge necessary! No fee to volunteers, and volunteers can bring their kids to the event. This is a first-come-first-serve event. To register as a volunteer, click on the registration button on the left.

    Volunteers needed for the following positions ... 

    • Registration
    • Logistics – Signage, supply pickups, food pickups, etc.  (around 5 volunteers) 
    • Judging 
    • Audio - Visual and technical support
    • Mentoring scholar teams throughout their video game development process - be part of team to help students code
    • General mentorship from professionals in careers unrelated to science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics 

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