MakeHER Program Launches in Support of the Million Girls Moonshot

WYAA, the Coe Student Innovation Center (CSIC), and Wyoming 4-H launched the MakeHER 4-H scholar program in the autumn of 2020 to support participants interested in growing skills in real world STEM through making experiences, equitable practices, and family engagement.

Scholars from across the state answered the call: 4th Street Studio in Laramie, Carbon County 4-H, Girls Actively Participating (GAP!) in Jackson, Lights On Lander, Maker Space 307 in Riverton, and Tongue River Valley Community Center in Dayton (with support from Science Kids).

Programs for youth between the ages of 8 to 18 will be held in the spring and summer of 2021. Ideally the program will be approximately 30 contact hours and include at least 50% female participation. These experiences may be in person or virtual depending upon the circumstance in each community.

Million Girls Moonshot and a Pathway to Self-Sufficiency

The Million Girls Moonshot supports the efforts of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, inspiring the next generation of innovators and helping girls gain skills that unlock pathways to self-sufficiency.

Million Girls Moonshot Comes to Wyoming! State’s Afterschool Network Joins Nationwide Effort to Close the Gender Gap in STEM

Just as the original moonshots of the 1960s and ’70s united the nation behind a common goal and dramatically advanced scientific achievement, the Million Girls Moonshot aims to create a national movement to change the trajectory of women and girls in STEM.

The STEM Next Opportunity Fund provided a multi-year grant to the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance as part of the Million Girls Moonshot in September 2020. The Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have joined STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to launch the Million Girls Moonshot. The effort is designed to engage 1 million school-age girls in the United States in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities over the next five years. The organizations will provide grant funding and in-kind resources to Mott-funded afterschool networks in all 50 states to increase access to hands-on, immersive STEM learning experiences. The first year Wyoming grant, just awarded, is for $55,000.

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is using the funds to help afterschool programs in the state provide STEM education. The pilot project, entitled MakeHER, is a collaboration with the University of Wyoming Coe Student Innovation Center and 4-H to develop programs in communities that leverage the strengths of 4-H, youth development and makerspaces. Partners will include the University of Wyoming Coe Center for Innovation, 4-H, Wyoming Women’s Foundation, and the John P. Ellbogen Foundation.