They had never cut wood. Or operated a power tool. Or built something with their own hands.
All that change this past summer for two dozen low-income girls who attended DIY Girls‘ Woodworking Camp in Los Angeles. Supported by Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, the free two-week summer enrichment program engaged the middle school students 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.
The workshop gave the young women hands-on skills in woodworking and engineering, as the built wood planters using hand and power tools. With a single 8-foot plank of wood, each student had to use math concepts and the prototyping process to ensue she had enough material to construct her planter.
With a little encouragement, expert coaching, and the right tools, the girls designed and built garden boxes–and gained exposure to the skill and satisfaction of woodworking.
For more information about DIY Girls, please visit their website.