There are four roles represented in the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition.
Coaches are a parent or a teacher willing to guide a team through the competition. If the program is run within school time, then it makes sense that the coach is a teacher. If teams are working on their project on the weekends then possibly a parent. Coaches register a team of up to three to five girls via our website, giving information about each team member and a possible app or problem that the team might like to solve.
A mentor/s is matched with each team of girls by the time the program kicks off in May, and that mentor has agreed to meet with the team for one to two hours per week for twelve weeks from May until the end of July. The role of the mentor is to guide the team through the program, and not necessarily to answer technical questions but to provide enthusiasm as a women working in tech, as a real life positive role model, and as someone who has to problem solve every day in their work.
Teams are made of 3-5 girls between 7 and 17 years old. Teams are registered to participate via our website by their coach, and the team meets regularly to work on their app. The team arranges a regular time to meet with their mentor weekly (1-2 hours) or fortnightly (3-4 hours).
Tech Girls Movement Foundation
We at the Tech Girls Movement Foundation will provide technical help for coaches and mentors for building the app prototype. We also provide guidance around the business plan and demo videos and we are here to answer any other questions you might have in terms of completing the program.
We all work together: coaches, teams, mentors and us here at TGMF, to provide a positive experience to solving problems and using apps to make a difference in people’s lives.