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Tech This Out! TechWomen Ambassador Week Kicks off Nov.14

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Ninth grade girls in Berlin last year got to see rime ice from the top of Mount Washington during last year’s TechWomen Ambassador Week.

Science, technology, engineering and math mix with ninth grade girls across the state later this month during TechWomen Ambassador Week.

Now in its second year, schools across New Hampshire host special sessions for ninth grade girls to discuss STEM careers with women working in those fields.

GET INVOLVED! The TechWomen committee seeks volunteers in STEM, bio/medical and advanced manufacturing to volunteer as mentors and workshop leaders with students.

The two-hour sessions, taking place in Lebanon, Nashua, Plaistow, Rochester, Manchester, Derry and Berlin during the week of Nov. 14, are the center of the newly-launched TechWomen Ambassador initiative, born out of the New Hampshire High Tech Council’s TechWomen|TechGirls committee.

“The theme of our event is STEMspiration – inspiring girls to explore STEM careers,” said Carol Miller, director of broadband technology at the NH Division of Economic Development and chairman of the TechWomen Ambassador committee. “We are looking for strong role models to show these 9th grade girls that they can aspire to a technical career while balancing their personal lives. We know that making an impact now will ensure that New Hampshire women can pass the baton to generations of STEMinspired girls in the future.”

TechWomen|TechGirls is a forum focused on building a strong community of women enthusiastic about technology and supporting efforts for young women to explore STEM careers. Launched in early 2015, the committee has become an integral part of the council’s outreach and engagement activities; and TechWomen Ambassador Week organizers hope to borrow the group’s vast expertise to help inspire young women.

“In its second year, the Ambassador Week program continues to amaze and engage,” said Michelline Dufort, director of business relations for the New Hampshire High Tech Council. “The TechWomen|TechGirls committee is delivering a product that the industry has a huge appetite for – connecting female technologists across the state with 9th grade girls. The program is inspiring and is quickly becoming a cornerstone of the industry’s STEM pipeline-filling efforts.”

Meetings will begin with a 30-minute opening talk where students will hear from professionals in many different tech fields, followed by roundtable discussions with other students and mentors designed to encourage aspirations of STEM related career goals and discuss the path to realize them.

Learn more about the TechWomen|TechGirls initiative or volunteer for TechWomen Ambassador Week by visiting nhhtc.org or contact Miller at 603-271-2341 or carol.miller@dred.nh.gov for more information.

Here’s to Our What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest Winners

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016



The students from Northampton School, who won the 2016 What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? video contest were feted by Commissioner Rose, Gov. Hassan and the Executive Council last week (watch here). What an enthusiastic group!

We had great participation this year; in all, 10 schools submitted 11 videos, which you can watch on the NHEconomy.com YouTube channel. Thanks to generous sponsorship from Hypertherm, BAE Systems and Velcro USA, we handed out $1,750 to the top three entries.

We are already planning the 2017 contest, so we’re putting out the word to parents, principals, teachers and manufacturers to become involved next year. It’s open to middle school students in New Hampshire.

If you’re interested, head over to our video contest page (we’re updating it, but the information is the same!) and use the handy-dandy form to let us know. We’ll work with teachers to partner with a local manufacturer and we’ll work with manufacturers to pair them with a team.

Teams can get started once the new school year begins in September; the deadline is Feb. 10. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development


STEM is Fun!

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013


The University of New Hampshire at Manchester has a great program in place to introduce children in the Queen City to STEM. With the STEM Discovery Lab now in place, students from kindergarten through grade 12 can get a hands-on experience in the world of science, technology, engineering and math.

Community partners include the Manchester School District, United Way, Mill Falls Charter School and other community organizations.

Check out this video produced by our friends at the United Way … looks like these kiddos are getting a good introduction.


Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

NH Division of Economic Development