October 11: International Day of the Girl

On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

We celebrated this important day with an expanded Make-HER workshop. Led by a team of four #LadyMakers, mothers and daughters explored global cultures through a variety of maker activities. As they completed projects reflecting four distinct regions of the world, girls received stamps in their Make-HER passports.

Inspired by festival lanterns found in Asia, girls built glowing, paper lanterns and created simple switches. Once connected to MaKey MaKey devices, these lanterns lit up by touch.

Drawing on the bright gems and geometric outlines of Northern Afrrican Berber fibulae, girls created flickering light circuits from pipe cleaners, conductive thread, and metal beads. This was a challenging project, but some girls were even able to make their LED centerpieces flash on and off in response to motion!

The spinning and pirouettes of Russian dance took form in miniature, dancing robots with Rogue Making simple circuits and the bristles of toothbrushes. Girls applied their engineering skills to balance their dancers and put their own flair on costuming. Look carefully and you’ll see a Minion in the mix.

Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos celebration has a rich history dating back nearly 4,000 years. Inspired by traditional sugar skulls, girls used dimensional paints to decorate their Dia de los Muertos masks. With paper circuitry, LEDs, and electricity, these masks came to life.

As with all maker activities, this workshop was an exercise in trying, failing, fixing, and trying again. Completing four projects was an ambitious goal, and many girls left with extra batteries and ideas for improving their designs at home.

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