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DIY Girls’ Annual Summer Woodworking Camp for Low-Income Los Angeles Girls to Feature STEAM Programming

DIY Girls’ Annual Woodworking Camp partners with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools to Increase Exposure to STEAM, Skilled Trades

DIY Girls is partnering with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools to provide a free summer woodworking camp for underserved students that will engage them at an early age in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) and the skilled trades, while also helping to build the workforce pipeline where women are significantly underrepresented.

DIY Girls’ Woodworking Camp is an intensive 2-week summer enrichment program designed to offer middle school girls hands-on skills in woodworking, engineering, and further technical exploration. The workshop includes three sessions featuring a theme that introduces girls to the field and culminates with an advanced project. The participants also build their own herb garden bed, explore themes around food justice, and learn how to cook a nutritious meal. Topics covered in the curriculum include the following:

Woodworking– Participants build wood planters using hand and power tools, including table saws, hammers, drills, tape measures, and clamps. Each girl is given a single plank of wood measuring 8 ft by 1 in and is required to utilize mathematic concepts and the prototyping process to ensure she has enough materials to construct her ideal planter.

Gardening– Participants learn how to germinate seeds, plant seeds/sprouts, and healthy recipes that utilize what they grow. These interdisciplinary experiences demonstrate the interconnectivity of the environment, food and individual health.

Healthy Eating– Participants use the engineering design process to identify health issues in their community, including diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. They also engage in discussions about the availability of different types of food within their household. In addition, girls learn about the concept of “food deserts” and the close relationship between what we eat, the environment, and our health.

What: DIY Girls’ Summer Woodworking Camp

Where: Pacoima City Hall

When: July 9-20 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm


DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Girls mission is to increase underserved girls’ interest and
success in technology, engineering, and making through innovative educational
experiences and mentor relationships. DIY Girls develops and implements
educational programs and events designed to encourage engagement with
technology, promote self-confidence, and support aspiration to technical careers.
We’re a supportive community for girls driven by an interest in creating and
building with technology. Since 2012, DIY Girls has served 2500 girls and has
grown to serve 650 girls per year across 10 school sites and in the community.
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Note: Harbor Freight Tools for Schools is supporting DIY Girls through its support of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs.