The Make-HER program has generated interest within the library community as well as in the maker community. The program was named a “top transforming takeaway” from the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference and has been cited as an example of innovative STEM programming in informal learning settings. Here’s some of what people are saying about the Make-HER program.
The Make-HER Mother and Daughter STEM program at the Sunnyvale Library in northern California is a great model; it’s a safe and exciting space for women and girls to explore technology and engineering skills together. Such programming in public libraries can help parents build a common vocabulary with their children around technology and making.
It is also important to recognize that many underserved students do not experience a consistent and familiar school staff from year to year. We need to leverage the surrounding informal learning spaces to support in-school learning; it is often the public library, summer camp and after-school programs that provide continuity….Read more from EdSurge.
The maker movement brings together handicrafts and technology in one exciting phenomenon. Whether you like crafts or circuits, or a combination of the two, there’s something for you. Libraries across the world, are offering specialized maker programs to encourage interest in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, as well as the more artistic areas of making. Some libraries are also offering programs tailored to specific patron groups, like maker programs for girls. An example of this is the Make-HER program at Sunnyvale (CA) Public Library….Read more from Public Libraries Online.
Interactive clay and brother-annoying robots just scrape the surface of ideas made possible by the Sunnyvale Library’s newly founded Make-HER program….Read more from the San Jose Mercury News.
Sunnyvale (Calif.)… is near Silicon Valley, so the library attracts a lot of tech workers, but it still sees a big gender gap in its programming. A recent coding program filled its 20 spots instantly, but with 17 boys; the three girls who signed up didn’t last until the end….Read more from American Libraries.
By the start of the event, a crowd of girls and their moms eagerly rushed into the room. Four tables were set up with fun, hands-on experiments demonstrating principles, such as total internal reflection, refraction, diffraction and visual perception. The room buzzed with excitement as the mother-daughter teams rotated among tables to try out the experiments and learn about the science behind them, with demonstrations and discussion facilitated by the IEEE Photonics professionals and student volunteers….Read more from IEEE Photonics Society.
While popular, youth STEM/STEAM [science, technology, engineering, arts, and math]–based programming in the library was primarily attracting boys. “When we ran a coding camp, the 20 spots quickly filled with 17 boys and three girls, and the girls dropped out,” Andrus recalls. “I wanted to help level the playing field by creating an environment in which girls could thrive, feel empowered, and be inspired to pursue STEM.” After winning a competitive grant from the Pacific Library Partnership, Andrus developed the Make-HER program, workshops aimed at girls eight to 12, plus their mothers or other adult women….Read more from Library Journal.