MAKEHER PROGRAM BRINGS STEM OPPORTUNITIES TO GIRLS AROUND WYOMING
The MakeHER Scholar Program
The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA), the Coe Student Innovation Center (Coe Makerspace) and Wyoming 4-H are pleased to host the second cohort of the MakeHER Scholar Program in 2022.
The program supports adults who work with youth by building their knowledge in STEM education, maker education, engineering mindset and design thinking. It also introduces participants to best practices for implementing diverse and inclusive youth programs for girls as part of the Million Girl Moonshot, ultimately to prepare participants to develop their own STEAM programs. Participants are eligible to receive a mini-grant from WYAA via the Wyoming Community Foundation to support their program.
MakeHER Scholars Receive
- Starter Kit: Participants receive a making starter kit that Includes a soldering iron and other useful supplies.
- 1 PTSB Credit: Earn credit for building your skills and knowledge.
- Mini-Grant: Participants will qualify to apply for a mini-grant through WYAA and the Wyoming Community Foundation to complete their STEM program in their community.
- Community: The second cohort of makers will join a statewide community interested in STEM education.
The program is intended to support adults who work with youth by building their knowledge in STEM education, maker education, the engineering mindset and design thinking. It will also introduce participants to best practices for implementing diverse and inclusive youth programs for girls as part of the Million Girl Moonshot, ultimately to prepare participants to develop their own STEAM programs.
MakeHER features asynchronous and synchronous training opportunities from January through March of 2022, office hours, and culminate at a training at the Coe Makerspace to be held February 18-20, 2022. Up to eight scholars will be selected to participate. Each scholar will receive a small stipend to cover the costs associated with travel to Laramie.
Upon completion of the program, participants will be eligible to apply for a small grant from the Alliance to implement MakeHER programs in your community. MakeHER Scholars will implement a program for youth between the ages of 8 to 18 sometime during the spring or early summer. Ideally the program would be approximately 30 contact hours and include at least 50% female participation. These experiences could be in person or virtual depending upon the circumstance in your community.
The First MakeHER Scholar Cohort included participants from across the state: Emily Haver from Carbon County 4-H, Elly Garret with Girls Actively Participating (GAP!) in Jackson, David Maulik from Maker Space 307 in Riverton, Heather Sorenson with Lights On Lander, Rene Williams with Science Loves Art in Laramie, and Tanya McCoy with Tongue River Valley Community Center in Ranchester.
The MakeHER Scholar Program presented by the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is held in support of the Million Girls Moonshot, funded through the STEM Next Opportunity Fund.
Learn more about the MakeHER Scholar Program from two recent news stories.
Photo Credit: Tanya McCoy, Tongue River Valley Community Center.
Mission: The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is a statewide network working to create the conditions for young people to reach their full potential. We are a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation.
WYOMING AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE
1472 N. 5th Street, Suite 201
Laramie, WY 82072