Did you know that while women constitute about half of the US population - based on data from the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - they represent only 16.2% of the architecture and engineering workforce?
In our commitment to inspire and empower the next-generation of women to imagine, design and make a better world, we partnered with Girls in Tech Global Classroom to teach design thinking and making to women from different parts of the globe. Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology.
Global Classroom is GIT’s free online program that equips girls and women with critical technology skills to prepare them for a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Recently, we introduced a 5-week Maker Course to teach Tinkercad to 100 high school - career age women, and challenged them to create a product that advocated for a cause they cared about. For most, this course was their first exposure to 3D design, and applying it to address complex and personal challenges faced by themselves and their community. Nonetheless, their designs were outstanding!
Fiona, a student from Ireland, designed a small fidget puzzle to help raise awareness about kids with autism and help them build basic motor skills. Another student, Stefanni from Brazil, created a mood boosting dice and gaming kit to help people struggling with anxiety, depression and mental illness. Jane, an Indonesian student, created a small keychain token to help inspire young girls to pursue science and engineering despite the inherent challenges. Some of the students even expressed how they’d found their love for design and making as a result of this course!
To all the students who participated in our Design & Make Course on Global Classroom, we want to congratulate you! Bravo! We hope more women can join one of next sessions in early August and September, 2018. We encourage you support their cause and check out the images below: