This Northern Illinois University Program Supports Girls in STEM

By: Laura McQuarrie - Feb 15, 2016
References: & 3dprint
In order to empower young girls in STEM, Northern Illinois University is running a program called 'STEM Divas' that aims to appeal to girls who might not otherwise gravitate towards math and science.

In the empowering program, young girls between the ages of seven to 10 are taught how to dye clothing, make soap or lip gloss, while learning about the chemistry behind each of the processes. The girls are also introduced to 3D printing technology, which gave them the chance to model their own 3D jewelry models in Autodesk Fusion 360.

In order to deal with the time and logistic constraints of 3D printing jewelry pieces for all of the girls in the program, each girl was given a 3Doodler to create the design using the principles of additive manufacturing.