This past February, we brought history and technology together for our first cohort of Tech Scholars. Throughout this one-week program, we welcomed a group of 15 high school students from across the city to design and build their own websites to exhibit their research on notable events and figures in women’s history.
The group of Tech Scholars explored galleries within our 4th-floor Luce Center as well as exhibitions such as Hotbed, on view in the Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery, where they used visual analysis to parse out the historical significance of a number of collection objects. In the new Tech Commons @ New-York Historical, they applied this same historical lens to interpret old websites, garnering inspiration and insight for building their own sites using HTML and CSS.
Guest speakers from a number of fields came by to share their experiences working with technology and to disperse their wisdom about life after high school. Staff from our Center for Women’s History also visited to talk about how they use digital history in their research process to learn about and tell the stories of women across time.
At the end of the week, the Tech Scholars presented the unique sites they had built from scratch around topics ranging from activists Claudette Colvin and Rose Schneiderman to cultural icons Rosie the Riveter and Anna Mae Wong. Click the links below to check out their sites!
The 19th Amendment: A Step Closer to Equality by Mubasshira Ahmed
Susan B. Anthony by Ruthia Chan
Claudette Colvin by Rithika Chowdhury
Women at War: Rosie the Riveter by Amena Khatun
Ada Byron Lovelace by Leslie Leon
Ann Lohman by Lauren Loc
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire by Daniela Lopez
Emma Goldman by Carina Moreno
Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera by Lily Mullan
Rose Schneiderman by Isabel Podolsky
Linda Sarsour: Stereotype Breaker by Faizah Rabbye
Sojourner Truth by Lori Romero
Anna Mae Wong by Gwen Zhen
—Lena Sawyer, Digital Programs Educator
Want to become a Tech Scholar? Apply now! Our next Tech Scholars program will be held April 2–6, 2018, from 10 am to 3 pm. Applications are open now. Click here to learn more and submit your application.