3D Printing Academy for Girls
Inspiring girls with STEM
YTF’s 3D Printing Academy for Girls gives girls the skills they need to bring their ideas to life. The program encourages making, tinkering, inventing, and building through STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math).
Why STEM? Here’s the problem
Women are significantly underrepresented in engineering: only 11% of civil and electrical engineers are women, and females make up just 6% of mechanical engineers.
However, according to studies by Intel and the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, many girls’ natural interests are a perfect match for engineering fields. YTF aims to reverse the gender gap in STEM-related careers, ensure equitable access to STEM careers, and provide innovation design skills to meet real-world, local needs.
How we’re working to fix it
Girls who make, design, and create using technology develop stronger interests in computer sciences and engineering fields. Hands-on experience with technology such as 3D printing helps girls build confidence and learn new skills. 3D printing is highly engaging, making it a rich tool to engage girls in the STEM subjects they love.
Girls disengage from STEM subjects in middle school
Enrichment programs help keep them interested
Staying engaged makes girls more likely to pursue STEM careers
By giving girls a platform to explore and create with technology, YTF is teaching them that there’s a place for them in STEM.
How the program works
For girls ages 11-14
Empathy based interviewing, Ideation, Rapid Prototyping and Design Thinking
Hardware & Software:
YTF provides a Windows PC, 3D Systems Cubify, Makerbot Replicator II, Autodesk 123D, Fusion 360, Solidworks, Rhino, and TinkerCAD
Girls learn human-centered engineering design process and how to use CAD software to create real-life objects on a 3D printer
Girls showcase their creations on Family Day and take home their finished 3D printed products!
See it in action
Get involved: Volunteer
Are you a woman in a STEM field or studying a STEM subject? We are always looking for talented speakers and volunteers to help with our events, so please reach out!