We're thrilled to announce that DIY Girls has been selected as an Lemelson-MIT Excite Award winner and finalist for a 2016-2017 InvenTeam grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program. As a finalist, DIY Girls will have the opportunity to receive an InvenTeams Grant to be awarded in the Fall.

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™ are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing.

The DIY Girls team will be made up of high school girls from the Northeast San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles and will be led by Director of Programs, Evelyn Gomez, an MIT alumni. As part of the Excite Award, Evelyn will attend EurekaFest, "a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem-solving," at MIT in June.

We're very proud to be recognized by MIT for our innovative ideas and hope to learn how to better create inventors in our community.