Remember what you were daydreaming about in the fifth grade? Luz Rivas does. It was during that school year she discovered the world of computers and realized she knew more than most adults did about how they worked.
What was a source of dreams — having a career that involved computer technology — served as a road map to her future with stops along the way to MIT, where she picked up a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, followed by a stint at Harvard Graduate School of Education for a Masters in Technology in Education.
As a career in Electrical Engineering and STEM education unfolded, the Los Angeles native wanted to give back to the community. In 2011, Rivas founded DIY Girls, an after-school program to expose elementary school girls (starting in fifth grade) to the world of STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
DIY Girls’ mission: to increase 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.
Since 2012, the organization has served over 400 girls by connecting them with mentors, educating them through workshops and building a community that will grow along with them throughout their school years.
On Monday, the DIY Girls program was awarded a grant by The California Endowment to design and build interactive games/exhibits towards educating their community about health issues. We can’t wait to see the brilliance that unfolds.
To learn more about DIY Girls visit http://www.diygirls.org.