Girls Who Tech


Girls Who Tech is a three-day program designed to inform girls about the technology-driven changes shaping our future and inspire them to be a part of that change.  Participants will discuss key transformational technologies and learn about the skills and jobs of the future to envision the possibilities in the world of tomorrow.

Event Details

Grades: Rising 8th - 12th
Date: June 21 - 23, 2021
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center | 104 Claude Yates Dr, Franklin, TN
Cost: $150 (lunch provided)
Early Bird Discount: $125 using code EARLY in the month of May!
Size: 25 participants

2021 Program Overview and Objectives

Day #1: Exponential Technologies & Innovations

We live in a world where technology is growing at an exponential rate. We have seen more change in the last 50 years than in the previous 1000 years.

Students will learn about exponential technologies, current breakthroughs in science and technology and discuss the profound impact on our lives and the world. Students will also get to play and interact with cutting-edge technologies such as VR/AR, Robotics, A.I., IoT gadgets igniting their imagination and developing their sense of what is possible in today’s technology.

Day #2: Artificial Intelligence and Technology Ethics

We live in the age of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), where decisions affecting our lives - where we go to college, where we shop or eat, the type of ads and information we see - are all increasingly being made for us by machines. Those machines are developed by software engineers and other technology professionals, only approximately 25% of whom are women.

The lack of women’s perspectives in the technology field introduces unconscious gender bias into these technologies and limits the technological innovations that could be made to benefit women.

Students will learn about the topic of Artificial Intelligence, its ethical implications, how algorithms can be designed with gender bias, and what we can do to help reshape technology to work for everyone.

Day #3: Future Jobs & Future Skills

By 2030, up to 45% of tasks workers perform can be automated using current technology. While technologies will destroy many jobs, they will also create many new ones. Widespread innovation is continuing to give birth to new industries, all of which are sources of new jobs.

Students will learn about some of the most exciting emerging jobs and industries of the future while learning about the skills needed to help them adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world.

What to expect

  • Engage in conversations with industry speakers about key transformational technologies and their impact on our future.
  • Learn about Artificial Intelligence and how it works.
  • Understand how machines learn and create your own machine learning models.
  • Create your interactive computer program using Python.
  • Experiment with wearable electronic platforms and create e-textile artifacts while expressing your creativity in a newly found way.
  • Meet and greet NAO, our friendly humanoid robot. You will use NAO to learn and practice key concepts in Graphical programming and explore how facial recognition, speech recognition, and motion detection technologies work.
  • Meet role models and leaders from different sectors in the technology field.
  • Learn about career paths in tech and how to pursue them.


Play Like a Girl Camp

From online shopping to streaming videos to updating our social media profile, digital technology is so much a part of our everyday life that we can’t imagine living without it. How does it all work? We will explore concepts used by modern digital technology, from computer hardware and software to the networking fundamentals that allow computers to communicate securely. Students will engage in hands-on activities to provide a full overview of how the digital world works. 

Students will even take a Byte Out of Crime in a hands-on lab led by Digital Forensic Examiners who will teach them how to find data hiding in smartphone pictures. Participants will use real-world tools used by digital investigators in a virtual environment to solve cases.

This engaging introduction to the world of Information Technology will spark interest and excitement for your future STEMinist. What are you waiting for?! Sign up today! Space is limited.

Open to middle school girls (grades 5-8) nationwide.

Play Like a Girl STEM+ Camp

Weeklong camp to provide 5-6th grade girls with opportunities to learn about exciting STEM careers through workshops,  hands-on experimentation, design projects and presentations, leadership talks and recreational activities led by professional women mentors and volunteers. 

when: 9am - 3pm | June 10 - 13

where: Nashville Public Library

615 Church Street, Nashville, TN

(Field trip, free Nashville Sounds game and fireworks at First Tennessee Park, June 14)

Lunch and Snacks Provided Daily

Space is limited! Register TODAY.

Inspiring Leadership Through Sport

To know what truly makes a great leader you need to ask one.

Turns out, 74 percent of C-suite business women believe that their athletic endeavors developed their leadership muscle, attributing skills that they learned through sports—communication, problem-solving, confidence and resilience—as critical to driving their achievements in business.

Surprised? We’re not and that’s why we’re committed to our belief that play changes everything.

The Facts

  • Active girls aim higher on and off the field. Active girls are more attentive students, they retain more of what they learn and they do better on standardized tests.
  • The extra confidence, support of a team and work ethic earned while participating in sports positions young women to be more appealing candidates with more opportunities to succeed, earning nearly 10 percent more income than their inactive peers.
  • Girls report increased leadership skills (54%) as one of the top benefits of staying in sports.
  • 94% of C-suite women participated in sports at some point in their life—the majority (52%) played at the collegiate level.

Leadership in Action

Play Like a Girl builds a supportive sisterhood of coaches, teammates and role models who help develop the traits needed to succeed and lead, particularly in male-dominated careers in STEM and sports. We’re honored to share some of the stories of how sport and physical activity are preparing girls today to become leaders tomorrow.

Imisi, age 8

Imisi recently attended the Camp on Ice with the Nashville Predators. When asked about the benefits of Play Like a Girl, Iyanu, Imisi’s brother, states, “Women don’t get as many chances as men and they don’t get the same pay, so this is a chance to make a difference.”

As for Imisi herself, “I learned that you may fall but with practice you will get somewhere.” What a sentiment for hockey and for life!

Alana, age 10

Alana has been a part of multiple Play Like a Girl programs and events--most recently, our ice skating event with the Predators. When asked what she enjoyed most about the panel discussion by women employees in the Preds organization, Alana states, “I liked hearing about their jobs because I didn’t know about them.”

Alana’s mom echoes that sentiment, believing the long-term impact of Play Like a Girl will be that, “It lets her [Alana] see women in powerful roles in the sports industry.”

Jasmine, age 11

Jasmine also attended the panel hosted by the Nashville Predators. Her biggest takeaway was that, “Women can have the chance to do what they want in their careers.” And what does Jasmine want for her future? “To run track and later become a doctor,” she says.

Smarnunt, Jasmine’s mom, doesn’t want her daughter’s participation with Play Like a Girl to end with one event. She wants her to learn even more about STEM as well as have more “exposure to women speaking about their careers in sports.”

Lydia, age 8

Lydia came bursting through the doors at the Ford Ice Center last July, excited about learning to ice skate. Her mom, Melissa, is a big proponent of encouraging her daughter to step outside her comfort zone and try new things so that's exactly what she did.

Melissa states, “I currently coach youth sports and try to instill confidence and strong work ethic in my players. I see some girls who don’t feel confident or have anxiety. Sports can help them overcome those issues and change their lives.”

As evidenced by these short stories, girls who participate in sports learn a number of skills that can help them fulfill leadership roles in adulthood.

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If you want to help your girl gain transferable leadership skills, find a Sports Club or STEM Camp today! Or, Get Involved in our mission by partnering, fundraising, volunteering or donating.

Inspiring Confidence Through Sport

Girls today are up against some tough opponents—access, exposure, self-perception— trying to keep them sidelined, in sport and in life. Luckily we have the playbook to change that and it all starts with inspiring confidence.

The Facts

  • Ongoing participation in sports and physical activity is a high contributor to confidence in girls, and provides valuable skills to help them stay confident.
  • The strong connections made through sport help girls discover positive ways to combat emotional pressures, which helps them to develop a stronger sense of confidence and broader range of social skills that reduce their likelihood of smoking, becoming pregnant at an early age or using drugs.
  • The extra confidence, support of a team and work ethic earned while participating in sports positions young women to be more appealing candidates with more opportunities to succeed, earning nearly 10% more income than their inactive peers.

Our Girls in Action

Play Like a Girl builds a supportive sisterhood of coaches, teammates and role models to build our girls’ confidence on and off the field of play. There’s nothing like witnessing a girl find that spark of confidence for the first time, and we’re honored to share just some of the stories of how sport and physical activity are changing girls’ lives across the country.

Trinity, age 10

Trinity and her family drove three hours to attend Play Like a Girl's Softball Skills Clinic with the Nashville Sounds and Camp on Ice with the Nashville Predators.

When asked about the benefits of Play Like a Girl, Deloria, Trinity’s mother, states, “I believe it helps with character development and confidence building. Girls are often overlooked in sports. They are not given the same opportunities as boys despite their talent and skill. I want her [Trinity] to take the lessons she learns here and teach others. As a young woman, I want her to be able to empower other girls.”

Trinity plans to do just that, “I’m thinking about becoming a doctor.” And she’s thankful Play Like a Girl gives her the opportunity to try new sports “like rugby,” which helps her develop the grit and teamwork she needs in and out of the game.

Ella, age 13

Ella attended Camp on Ice with the Nashville Predators and has previously attended Play Like a Girl's Game Changers Camp with Google & Gatorade. She loves the camps: “They help teach girls that 'playing like a girl' is a good thing, not a bad thing.”

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When asked about her future, Ella says “I want to have my own business and it’s important to have confidence to be able to do that.”

Lydia, age 8

Lydia attended the Play Like a Girl Camp on Ice with the Nashville Predators and her sister has previously participated in a softball camp.

They both loved the experience and their mom, Melissa, states, “Play Like a Girl encourages my daughters to step outside their comfort zone. Long term, I hope they never feel alone and embarrassed to be strong. I grew up being the only girl in some sports and even college classes, but it never bothered me because my parents raised me to be confident mentally and physically.”

These are just a few stories about how play is impacting the girls we serve at Play Like a Girl.

If you want to level the playing field for your girl, find a Sports Club or STEM Camp today! Or, Get Involved in our mission by partnering, fundraising, volunteering or donating.

Trisha Yearwood Reports for Snack Duty

Country music superstar and New York Times bestselling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood and her sister, Beth, stopped by Play Like a Girl for snack duty during camp and filmed an episode of her Emmy® Award-winning Food Network series Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.

Trisha and Beth taught our girls how to make Easy Snack Skewers. Inspired by the day, Trisha whipped up some other snacks, too, including Baked Apple Chips with Rainbow Fruit Salsa, Power Wraps with Sweet Potato Hummus and Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins. With help from the campers and camp volunteers Abby Blair and Amanda Webster, Trisha and Beth also had fun playing like girls—volleyball, Double Dutch and all!

The episode of Trisha's Southern Kitchen featuring Play Like a Girl will air Saturday, August 18 at 10:30 a.m. ET, 9:30 CT on Food Network.

Yearwood, a former athlete herself, is known for her ballads about vulnerable young women from a perspective that has been described by music critics as "strong" and "confident". Yearwood is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

Yearwood rose to fame in 1991 with her debut single "She's in Love with the Boy", which became her first No. 1 single and was featured on her self-titled debut album. Yearwood has continued to find success and widespread critical acclaim, selling more than 15 million albums worldwide, and has won three Grammy Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, an American Music Award, and a Pollstar Industry Award for touring.

On November 26, Trisha will join us again as Honorary Chair at the 8th Annual Play Like a Girl Honors Gala where she will gather a flock of fans and friends as we add a splash of Grammy Award-winning country to our only fundraiser of the year. Don your favorite cocktail dress and raise your glass for this elegant dinner and awards presentation at our host hotel Marriott Hotel Cool Springs in Franklin, Tennessee.