MakerGirl Announces New Partnership With EOS North America
August 5, 2019
Chicago, IL — MakerGirl, an Illinois based not-for-profit that educates girls ages seven to ten in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through 3D printing workshops, has announced a new three-year funding partnership with EOS North America. This marks the largest partnership to date for MakerGirl.
The funding from EOS will be invested in creating MakerGirl’s newest Academies at the University of Michigan and University of Texas at Austin with a focus on inclusion and diversity. This investment in MakerGirl will advance the MakerGirl Academies and allow EOS employees to volunteer with the workshop process--from recruiting academy directors to sharing their knowledge during the 3D printing sessions.
“When I met EOS (Laura Gilmour and Stephanie Kochbeck, EOS leaders in business development), for the first time to discuss a potential investment in MakerGirl, I knew immediately that they were enthusiastic about our mission and eager to assist us in educating young girls in any way possible. Not only was it a conversation about whether EOS would work with us, it also led to how they could help MakerGirl meet our ambitious expansion goals. EOS understands the importance of gender equality and getting girls interested in STEM at a young age.” -- Elizabeth Engele, Co-Founder and Executive Director
“As the daughter of an engineer and a nurse, I was fortunate to be exposed to making things at an early age: the family legend is I built a house when I was 5 years old. My early exposure to engineering fundamentals turned into a desire to study biomedical engineering and become a medical device R&D engineer. I am a real-life example that exposure to engineering concepts at an early age cultivates an interest in STEM. I believe this partnership with MakerGirl will give other young women this opportunity, even if they do not have an engineer as a father.” – Laura Gilmour, Global Medical Business Development Manager, EOS North America.
MakerGirl educates girls, between the ages of seven to ten, in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through 3D printing and cutting edge technology workshops . Since MakerGirl inception in 2014 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, over 3,800 young girls have been impacted by the initiative. MakerGirl separates themselves from other organizations doing similar work in STEM education by helping young girls improve their digital skills by giving them access to online CAD software and 3D printers. This shows girls that they can be both analytical and creative.
About EOS North America
EOS North America is a business of EOS, the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Formed in 1989, the independent company is a pioneer and innovator for comprehensive solutions in additive manufacturing. Its product portfolio of EOS systems, materials, and process parameters gives customers crucial competitive advantages in terms of product quality and the long-term economic sustainability of their manufacturing processes. Furthermore, customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy.