On November 5th we hosted Maker Day for Community Bridges’ Elementary School girls program. Over 20 girls experienced a day at Catylator and got hands-on with exploring the possibilities of 21st century art, design and technology, as well as interaction with inspirational female and male role models from the world of STEM.
Mary L. Garcia-Cazarin, Ph.D., and Teresa Ramírez, Ph.D. , both from the National Institutes of Health, spoke to the girls about their lives in STEM careers. As Latina scientists they related their paths overcoming barriers in their lives and biases in our society, to achieve what they set out to do: pursue a passion for science and making a positive difference. Dje Dje and Sabrina from the CB Middle School program also mentored their younger friends and showed them how to 3D print their names on tags.
Our 2016 CBES Maker Day was made possible through the generosity of Catylator supporter Mr. Songbae Lee and fiscal sponsorship from Fractured Atlas.
A few days after the CBES Maker Day we were stoked to find out Community Bridges and Catylator are the recipients of a City of Takoma Park Community Quality of Life Grant.
This grant will allow us to continue forward with our STEM after school program for Community Bridges’ middle school girls. The grant is designed to provide financial support for specific programs, projects and events which improve residents’ quality of life by providing greater access and opportunities for participation in the arts and sciences. We are putting the funds to good use by bringing middle school-aged young women to the makerspace to help them develop more positive attitudes and confidence about STEM and stay engaged with STEM, so they may be better prepared to choose any career.
Thanks so much Songbae and Takoma Park, we are all truly grateful!