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:


    • 30 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM

    The 4th Annual iCodeHack - “The Art of Innovation”

    - Volunteers Needed - 

    Dallas Hackathon for Kids and Teens - Creativity, Friendship, Fun and Prizes

    Now in its 4th successful year, iCode4kids is a pioneer in hackathons for kids and teens. Participants engage and compete in computer science, engineering and design as they collaborate and devise innovative solutions for given challenges. 

    Participant Information: 

    • 3rd to 12th graders are eligible to participate
    • Age-based challenges, in groups of 3-4 participants 
    • Prior computer science knowledge is a plus, but not required – mentors assist with coding and technical aspects
    • Finalists in each category present their solutions to a panel of judges
    • State-of-the-art prizes for individuals in each winning team

    Participation by Age Group:

    • Elementary: 200 Hackers
    • Middle School: 150 Hackers
    • High School: 50 Hackers

    Date: March 30, 2019; 8:30 am to 7:30 pm; Check-in: 8 – 8:30 am

    Registration Fee: $25.00; Registration Closes at midnight on 3.25.19 – limited availability; Register on the iCode website.

    Location: The University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management, 800 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080. Parking will be in Gold and Green spaces in lots M, D, and PS1. Parking permits will be needed via the iCode website

    The iCode event still needs volunteers! Please email Tereza Hendrickson,, to volunteer.

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