Video Celebrating Girls in STEM

Watch, like, and share this video to show your support for girls in STEM!

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child, or Day of the Girl. This day “focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.”

This year, the girls at Digital Harbor Foundation joined with youth at Wide Angle Youth Media to deliver a simple message: the world needs girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

They reject stereotypes that boys are naturally better at these subjects than girls, that boys work harder in school, and that girls simply are not meant to go into STEM careers.

They embrace the importance of diversity in today’s global workforce.

They know that girls across the world are working together to create the future.

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United Nations International Day of the Girl Child: “There are 1.1 billion girls in the world, and every one of them deserves equal opportunities for a better future. They are a source of energy, power and creativity. They can drive change and help build a better future for all. Yet, most girls face disadvantage and discrimination on a daily basis.”

MakerEd: By enabling educators to use maker education—with a particular focus on those in underserved communities—we believe Maker Ed can help them transform their learning environments, and together we can reach thousands of youth of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

Girls Who Code: “Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology.”

Black Girls Code: “[We] hope to provide young and pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.”

Girls Communicating Career Connections (GC3): “Videos, games, and fun activities about cool careers that use math and science, created by young people—just like you!”

Become a Maker Educator

 

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February will mark the 1 year anniversary of the first offering of our Making for Educators workshop and to celebrate we will be offering an updated version of the workshop!

Our 2-day workshop will take place Friday February 19 – Saturday February 20 and we want you to join us! The Making for Educators workshop will prepare formal and informal educators to get started with making and hands-on projects in their learning space. In this workshop, we will cover all you need to jump-start your own maker program or makerspace for youth. This workshop also includes a Makerspace in a Box Kit of materials and supplies to use for projects during the workshop, but also to take with you back to your learning space and continue the fun and exploration!

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This workshop is intended for educators who work in many learning spaces. Previous participants have included librarians & media specialists, K-12 classroom teachers, and afterschool program providers.

To learn more about the workshop and get all of the details, visit our Making for Educators workshop page.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at contact@digitalharbor.org. We hope to see you at our next workshop!

Family Make Night Recap: Galaxy Bots

 

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Our September Family Make Night event took place during Baltimore Innovation Week last week and we had a fantastic turnout! Our project for this event was Galaxy Bots – part spin art, part light painting robots. We had 56 people in attendance at the event, despite the heavy rain, and filled our space with awesome hands-on making for a few hours.

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Families in attendance had a great time working together to assemble their Galaxy Bots and experiment with using them to create pieces of spin art as well as learning about how to create light paintings with them. We used our NanoLab to create a dark room for the light painting and captured some really great light paintings!

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If you’d like to learn more about Galaxy Bots and how to make your own, you can find the tutorial on our Family Make Night website: Galaxy Bots Project Guide

You can also see more photos from the event, by visiting our Flickr page: Family Make Night – September 2015

Our next Family Make Night event will be held on Wednesday October 28th and we will be making Spooky Stop Motion videos. Learn more + RSVP here!