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Printing tomorrow's change-makers in STEM: MakerGirl prepares for cross-county trip

Printing tomorrow's change-makers in STEM: MakerGirl prepares for cross-county trip

By Robin Dean
March 15, 2016
Filed under LIFE & CULTURE

CHEight weeks. Twelve cities. One mobile unit. What started off as a project for a business course has evolved into an organization ready to impact the nation by empowering young girls to pursue a passion in STEM fields.This summer, MakerGirl has decided to take its 3-D printers on wheels and travel to vario...

Inspiring female amibition in STEM through MakerGirl

Inspiring female amibition in STEM through MakerGirl

By Robin Dean
March 10, 2015
Filed under LIFE & CULTURE

Last November, during a pilot session, a group of Champaign-Urbana girls ages 7 to ten gathered in BIF and were asked what they wanted to do when they grew up. Instead of the typical response of being an actress, singer or something involved with fashion, they were excited to learn about careers in the...

Model predicts gender parity in workplace

Model predicts gender parity in workplace

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff writer
April 1, 2019
Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, NEWS, TOP STORIES

Certain patterns regarding women in STEM fields sparked interest in research assistant professor Sara Clifton from the Department of Mathematics. “The fraction of women in these fields has generally increased over time, but as you go higher levels of leadership within STEM fields, the fraction of w...

Student entrepreneurs combat sexual assault

Student entrepreneurs combat sexual assault

By Vishesh Anand, Staff Writer
November 15, 2018
Filed under Business & Tech, LIFE & CULTURE, TOP STORIES

While traversing the country from California to Vermont in a trailer loaded with 3D printers and laptops, Kendall Furbee, junior in Engineering, and Premika Pandian, senior in Engineering, formed a bond that eventually transcended their friendship. For eight weeks in the summer of 2016, they were visiting tec...

Expanding nonprofit makes strides to inspire young girls

Expanding nonprofit makes strides to inspire young girls

By Megan Bradley, Staff Writer
September 6, 2018
Filed under Business & Tech, LIFE & CULTURE, TOP STORIES

MakerGirl, a University-based nonprofit, is taking steps to educate 10,000 girls in the next five years. MakerGirl was founded in 2014 by Elizabeth Engele and Julia Haried as a way to encourage interest in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries for young women. It accomplishes ...

Armory Innovation Spaces reimagine the classroom experience

Armory Innovation Spaces reimagine the classroom experience

By Vivienne Henning, Assistant news editor
September 7, 2017
Filed under Campus Life, NEWS, TOP STORIES

Glass-paneled walls, connectable screens and movable furniture are premiering in renovated classrooms at the Armory this semester. The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning worked with different disciplines across campus to help develop these innovative classrooms that focus on enabling fac...

TedxUIUC showcases growth of women in STEM related fields

TedxUIUC showcases growth of women in STEM related fields

By Jessica Bursztynsky, Staff Writer
December 5, 2016
Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, NEWS

TEDxUIUC, a local chapter of the national conference, hosted its first salon, a scaled-down event in the Illini Union. Organizers hosted the Dec. 1 salon on women in STEM in preparationfor a larger spring launch. Claudia Morawa, TEDxUIUC marketing team member and AHS sophomore, said the organization ...

University launches Entrepreneurship at Illinois iVenture Accelerator

University launches Entrepreneurship at Illinois iVenture Accelerator

By Christopher Reinhart
June 28, 2015
Filed under NEWS

This year, the University launched the Entrepreneurship at Illinois iVenture Accelerator, an opportunity for 36 students in 13 groups to work on their own startup companies.The year-long program is an educational accelerator for the University’s top student startups. Students in the...