Engaging Girls and Women in Technology Through Making

Girls and women become makers because they love to make things, want to increase their knowledge, or want to solve problems. Girls and women who make things using technology are more likely to develop an interest in computer science and technology.



Why It Matters

Ways to Engage Girls and Women


Six ways to engage more girls and women in making

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Build more girl- and women-inclusive maker environments in public places like libraries and schools.


Encourage parents to “embrace the mess” and engage in making with their sons and daughters.


Design maker spaces that enable open-ended investigation of projects meaningful to girls and women.


Align with current fads to attract girls to activities such as coding and making hardware.


Develop initiatives that give girls more access to female mentors and makers their own age.


Include facilitators in maker spaces to create a safe, supportive, inclusive environment for girls and women.