Join us for a virtual STEM festival designed just for girls ages 10-16! Hear from female professionals who work on environmentally friendly design projects and take part in fun activities led by leading cultural institutions.
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This virtual event includes a panel discussion with women in the field, as well as breakout activity sessions led by five top cultural institutions in the U.S. A list of materials needed to complete the activities will be provided to registrants two weeks prior to the event.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT GIRLS BUILD! DAY
The day kicks off with an all-female panel discussion about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. We encourage you to plan for participation in the full day, as this is a programmed event with specific start times. Here's a sneak peek:
Curious about STEM careers? Bring your questions to help shape the conversation. Girls will hear about the unique challenges and successes a panel of female professionals faced as they pursued careers in architecture, engineering and design. We will also discuss how and why architects design with the environment in mind as we move towards a smaller carbon footprint.
It’s time to breakout! Students will have the opportunity to preregister for a workshop that interests them. These design challenges will be led by top cultural institutions from across the U.S.
Moderator: Angela Esposito, Director of Education, Chicago Architecture Center
As the Director of Education and Experience, Angela Esposito’s mission is to educate Chicago’s youth about they want and deserve. In her role she is responsible for training, coaching and implementing CAC’s mission on engagement and interpretation of the built landscape. Ms. Esposito is passionate about gaining access and exposure for underrepresented students in STEAM fields such as architecture, engineering and urban planning. She holds a degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Nebraska and an impeding Master’s in Education from Kansas State University.
Camille Applewhite, Landscape Architect, BlackSpace Chicago
Camille Applewhite holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University and a post-graduate certificate from Archeworks in Public Interest Design. Living and working in Chicago for the last eight years, she has gained experience in the fields of landscape architecture, planning, sustainability, farming, and volunteerism. She is the co-founder of BlackSpace Chicago, an urbanist collective of Black people that work to shape social and spatial environments through protecting and promoting Black communities. Camille serves on the Chicago Mobile Makers board, is the Service Chair for the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and skates with the Windy City Roller derby team.
Destiny Brady, Student-Architecture, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee/StudioGang
Destiny Brady is currently a senior in the architecture program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Previously, she worked as an intern at StudioGang Architects and was a Teen Ambassador and Teen Fellow for the Chicago Architecture Center. Following graduation, her goal is to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Exhibition Planning and Design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Fawn Pochel, Educator Coordinator, American Indian Center of Chicago
An advocate of social and environmental justice, Fawn has been raising awareness of Native Peoples living in Chicago with the goal of contributing to the personal sovereignty, healing, and educational pursuits of Indigenous people. Through her work, Fawn advocates and educates for the protection of Indigenous plants, heritage foods, artistic expression, and oral histories through developing ongoing programs such as Indigenous Science Series: Reclaiming Chicago. Fawn is also a founding member of Chi-Nations Youth Council and has served the American Indian Community twice as Miss Indian Chicago.