The rise of the DIY maker movement and the recent accessibility of tools (open source software and hardware) formerly only available in engineering labs allow anyone that is determined to design and build their own products. Our programs inspire and support girls in 4th-12th grade so that they are able to participate in this movement and future economy.
DIY GIrls invenTeam
The DIY Girls InvenTeam is inventing a temporary, portable shelter for women and children who are homeless. The tent is designed to be quickly and easily collapsed into a backpack. Design features of the overnight lodging structure include construction from a material that is UV resistant with insulation and breathability characteristics. The structure also includes solar-powered LEDs, a cell phone charger, and UVC LED sanitation features. The team of compassionate inventors are inspired to work on their project because they see homeless people in their community—at church, on the streets, and in their families.
Girls learn basic electronics though electronic textiles, motors, buzzers and other materials. This 10-week program for 4th and 5th grade girls provides creative materials and technology along with mentorship for them to create their own projects with electronics. Girls learn by making while applying the math and science they learn in school. They gain confidence and practical in-demand skills for 21st century careers.
Making for Good
Our Making for Good initiative challenges girls to think about issues in their community by leading them through the design thinking process to build real prototypes of products and services that can improve the problem. Issues we have incorporated include health and air quality. Making for good is a hands-on, engaging way for girls to find their voice, build their confidence, and become advocates for change.
P5.js is a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. In this 10 (1.5 hour) session course, girls practice computational thinking skills and learn the fundamentals of coding to create unique artwork.
Girls will learn coding concepts including: conditionals, variables, operators, and for loops. Mouse and keyboard input will be used to interact with their sketches and animate their art. At the end of the course, once girls have explored P5.js, they will prepare art pieces to share at a culmination digital gallery showcase as well as create a simple visual sound machine.
Our summer camps are designed to offer middle and high school girls hands-on engineering and further technical exploration. Each session features a theme that introduces girls to the field and culminates with an advanced project. We also partner with colleges and universities that offer our girls an opportunity to takes courses and experience college campus life. For 2017, girls will build their own herb garden bed, explore themes around food justice, and learn how to cook a nutritious meal.