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MakerGirl educates the next generation of girls to be active in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through interactive 3D printing workshops. Participants learn how 3D printing is used in the world around them while they design their very own 3D print. We separate ourselves from other organizations doing similar work by focusing on 3D printing because we have found it allows girls to be both analytical and creative.


Our program

MakerGirl brings 3D printing to life! MakerGirl has Academies across the nation including Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin, University of California-San Francisco and the Cambridge area. Our ChangeMakers lead our sessions throughout the communities around them. Want to learn how to 3D print? Sign up for any of our sessions here.


Our story


MakerGirl started in a social entrepreneurship class at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign when our co-founders Julia Haried and Elizabeth Engele were inspired by the question "What bothers you?".

Motivated by their past experiences, MakerGirl was created to inspire young girls to pursue STEM fields through 3D printing sessions.

Since then, MakerGirl has conducted over 300 sessions in 22 different states across the U.S. and has educated more than 3,800 girls.

Every summer, we plan our #MakerGirlGoesMobile road trip, where conduct free sessions in underserved rural areas and marginalized communities throughout the United States.

MakerGirl is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entirely dependent on individual donors, corporate sponsors, and volunteers. Without the generosity our partners, MakerGirl could not exist.

Every donation gets us closer to our goal of educating 10,000 girls by 2023. Join us in ending the gender gap in STEM.


3,800 girls inspired to date



Are you interested in joining our team? Or becoming a sponsor/community partner? Or do you want a MakerGirl session to come to you? Contact us below and let us know how we can work together.

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