Reinvention

TechGYRLS is the after-school science program that I taught this past semester. The goal is to get young girls interested in STEM-related careers.

TechGYRLS is the after-school science program that I taught this past semester. The goal is to get young girls interested in STEM-related careers.

I volunteered for a TechGYRLS event at the YWCA this weekend and learned about a very cool new non-profit in Green Bay. The idea behind Proto is to encourage kids (or anybody, really) to develop an interest in invention/engineering by creating new things from old things. The Proto people provide old toys, common-place “junk,” and power tools* to help participants design and build their own unique toy (a prototype).

*Only the Proto people are actually allowed to use the power tools, but they do explain how each tool works.

Bits and Pieces of this jumble came together to form a few completely unique creations.

Bits and Pieces of this jumble came together to form a few completely unique creations.

The kids had plenty of fun not only building new things, but also dismantling old items. I learned a lot as well–like what the inside of a football looks like. I also discovered that someone has invented a handheld 3D printer and it’s pretty amazing! I think Proto has a lot of potential and I’m excited to see and participate in more of its programs in the future!

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