Girls learn skills through 3D printing

Anna Carrera

By Anna Carrera | acarrera@wcia.com

Published 07/19 2016 05:49PM

Updated 07/19 2016 06:31PM

URBANA — A group of girls spent the afternoon 3D printing the different kinds of food. Tuesday’s event was part of a group called MakerGirl, inspiring young girls to get involved in engineering. University of Illinois students have been touring the country with their message. They’re doing 90 sessions in 50 cities, but they were in town on Tuesday.

Girls from the area got to work in the MakerLab. First, they design what they want to make on special software. Then they transfer the information to a 3D printer, which makes their plans come to life. The class is meant for girls between 7 and 10 years old. The goal is to encourage them to be interested in STEM subjects. Organizers say they’ve had fun teaching them and helping them learn, both on campus and on the road.

“We have a good community here in Champaign and we have a lot of girls who keep coming back, so it’s awesome to keep working with them and see how they’ve grown over the past year,” said Manisha Singh, who is the external director for MakerGirl. “But then it’s also great to be on the road and impact a lot of girls. Most of the girls we’ve impacted haven’t even seen a 3D printer before so it’s awesome to give them that exposure.”

Each printer has a different color that the girls could choose from. After they made their models, the kids got to take them home. There will be more sessions coming up this fall. To find out more, click here.

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