At “Girls Take Over,” these middle- school students design an inspirational photo about the importance of STEM. Photo courtesy of the McGaw Y

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All middle school-aged students who identify as female were invited to take over the McGaw YMCA’s MetaMedia digital media lab on March 17, where
they participated free of charge in STEM-related activities.

Girl-lead tinkering stations provided opportunities to get creative through
such things as radical fashion design and a maker photo booth. Girls also practiced their skills and learned something new at the gaming and coding booths.

“‘Girls Take Over’ is all about creating space for girls at a critical time in their development and helping them explore their potential through science, technology, and the arts,” said Sarita Smith, McGaw YMCA Director for Youth Enrichment. “And it’s an opportunity to strengthen our partnership with Y.O.U. and expand our collaboration with the Evanston Public Library.”

The evening was sponsored by the McGaw Y, Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), and the Evanston Public Library, with additional funding from the Chicago Foundation For Women’s North Shore Giving Circle.