Girls Who Build courses are creative, hands-on, and applied engineering curricula for girls and educators. Our motivation is to increase the number of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our mission is to provide educators and girls with curricula that show what engineering is and how it is applied. In our workshops, girls discover that engineering is multi-disciplinary and that it can be applied to any passion they have-- whether it is fashion, healthcare, transportation, national security, or energy (to name a few). The workshops prepare girls with the hands-on skills they need to be successful in an engineering career, like computer aided design and coding.
What do we do?
Develop hands-on, applied engineering curricula to inspire girls to pursue STEM careers
Support teachers and students with free, online curricula.
Lead workshops at MIT and MIT Lincoln Laboratory for teachers and students.
Why is it important to teach girls engineering?
Women are an untapped resource in the growing field of STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and math). More and more jobs require STEM skills, but women make up only 25% of the STEM workforce (White House, STEM Fact Sheet). Some majors are even worse than others; less than 1% of girls plan to study computer science in college (Made with Code). Teaching girls engineering is an investment in our future workforce, because “If women aren’t represented in technology, their ideas, concerns, and designs won’t be included when we create the cities, cars, infrastructure, medicines, communications, companies, and governments of tomorrow” (Made with Code).
Thank you to our sponsors for making Girls Who Build possible.