3D Printing Academy for Girls provides science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) inspiration for girls through making, inventing, and designing the world that they envision for themselves. Making stuff, tinkering, inventing, and building can bring ideas to life and spur creativity and personal growth for our next generation of leaders – girls – while broadening participation and interest in STEM in a new way.
Hands-on inquisitive learning technology, such as 3D printing, helps girls develop the confidence and new skills propelling them to excel and achieve in STEM fields. Through making, girls gain valuable technology skills and a familiarity with problem solving related to computer science and engineering.
Research has shown that adolescent girls disengage from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) during their middle school years and that enrichment programs, such as YTF’s 3D Printing Academy for Girls, are a positive influence not only for staying interested but in choosing STEM careers in their future. Currently, only 24% of those in computer sciences are women (only 8% of African American women and 7% of Latino women). Only 15% of those in engineering fields are women (just 5% of African American women and 8% of Latino women).
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Are you a woman in tech? Participation in STEM careers develops skills and improves the earning potential of girls and young women ultimately strengthening the global economy.
Women make up a majority of the overall workforce in the U.S., but are much less represented in science and engineering occupations. For example, women comprise only 13 percent of civil engineers and only 6% of mechanical engineers. Women’s representation in computer science and engineering continues to drop at the graduate level and again in the workplace. There is no silver bullet approach. This is a global problem that requires a global response. We cannot do this work alone. Please join us by contributing to ensure more girls are confident enough to pursue STEM education and careers in the U.S.
Youth for Technology Foundation
3D Printing Academy for Girls
1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd
Louisville, KY 40203
3D Printing Academy for Girls is implemented in strong partnerships with technology, corporate, philanthropic, education, and community organizations. Please contact us to support 3D Printing Academy for Girls by becoming a partner.