What is Girls Make-A-Thon?
It is a fairly well-known fact that women and girls are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math and that lack of access to opportunities is one of the root causes (Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2014). Girls Make-A-Thon encourages young women to discover and/or pursue their capacity to become STEM-savvy change makers and leaders.
At this free, one-day event, participants will engage with engineering women from ASU and from industry, learn about resources to help launch a future in engineering, broaden their network of mentors, and hone their maker skills by solving engineering challenges.
What will I gain from Girls Make-A-Thon?
- College preparation – enjoy an engineering tour and learn how to prepare for college from our partners in Financial Aid, Admissions, etc.
- Career preparation – explore different options and learn about the nuances of engineering careers from industry professionals
- Engineering mindset – through hands-on activities develop essential skills such as (1) systems thinking, (2) creativity, (3) optimism, (4) collaboration, (5) communication, and (6) ethical considerations (National Academy of Engineering)
74% of middle school girls express an interest in engineering, science, and math but only 0.3% choose computer science as a major when they get to college (Girlswhocode.org).
Of the 2.6% of female freshmen that intended to pursue engineering in 2007, only 60% graduated with an engineering degree within six years. (NSF, Science and Engineering Indicators, 2016).
Only 13% of engineers are women, female engineers earn 90 cents for every dollar male engineers earn, and only 17% of tenured/tenure-track faculty in engineering are women (Society of Women Engineers, 2018).
Be the change! Invest in your engineering future now.
Teacher are encouraged to register their classes. Individual registration is also welcome!
Middle School (6th – 8th Grade)
Friday, November 22
9 am – 2 pm
ASU Tempe Campus
Registration deadline: November 11
High School (9th – 12th Grade)
Wednesday, December 4
9 am – 2 pm
ASU Tempe Campus
Registration deadline: November 25
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does the event cost?
Girls Make-A-Thon is completely free. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
How do I register?
Online registration opens on October 1st.
Girls under 18 must register with their parent so that they can provide consent.
Teachers are responsible for registering their group(s) by entering the number of students and uploading a Registration Form signed by the school principal.
What happens after I register online?
You will receive an automated confirmation e-mail that contains a link to your registration details and a link to modify your registration. Please save this e-mail. Additional details and instructions for the day of the event will be sent out 1 week beforehand.
I registered but I still have not received a confirmation.
If you do not receive an initial confirmation after 24 hours of registering, please check your spam/junk folder. You may also contact our office at email@example.com.
What’s on the agenda?
Students will participate a variety of activities including hands-on engineering challenges and networking with mentors.
I am no longer able to participate. Can I cancel?
If your plans change, please e-mail us as soon as possible or modify your registration link in the confirmation e-mail to self-cancel.