MakeHer Program to Launch in 2021 in Support of the Million Girls Moonshot

WYAA is pleased to partner with the Coe Student Innovation Center (CSIC) and Wyoming 4-H to launch the MakeHER 4-H scholar program. Participants will have the opportunity to work with the 4-H Makerspace Program at CSIC and other youth development professionals in the cohort to grow their skills in real world STEM through making experiences, equitable practices and family engagement.

Each host program will receive an $800 grant along with a small travel stipend to pay for materials, supplies and snacks for youth. Collaborating makerspaces are eligible to apply for up to $600 to support costs of equipment that will be available at the makerspace.

The Scholar cohort will be expected to collaborate with a local makerspace, to participate in professional development in January through March and to 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. Up to eight locations and scholars will be invited to participate. Youth professionals or makerspaces are welcome to apply with or without a partnership in place (WYAA will help to make that match.)

Training and professional development opportunities provided. Small grant to host program, material, supplies, and snacks for youth. Small stipend for makerspace equipment and tools to support the effort. The program should start in January 2021 and conclude by May 2021.

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

Laramie, Wyoming – Sept. 16, 2020 – The STEM Next Opportunity Fund today announced a multi-year grant to the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance as part of the Million Girls Moonshot. 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 plans to use 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.


Tech and philanthropic leaders launch collective impact initiative to work with afterschool programs in Wyoming and nationwide to increase diversity and equity in science, technology, engineering and math. WYAA plans to use the funds to help afterschool programs in the state provide STEM education.