AR Girls 2019
Hang out – Make art – Communicate About Important Local Issues

Where: On Zoom – hosted by the Maine Math and Science Alliance, Waterfall Arts in Belfast; Fiddlehead Arts in Gray; Wintergreen Arts in Presque Isle.

When: Four weekly zoom sessions in July.  Attend one or more sessions.  Register for more information and access to resources and zoom links.

Session 1: Monday, July 6, 10-11:30 AM; Friday, July 10, 11-12 PM
Session 2: Monday, July 13, 10-11:30 AM; Friday, July 17, 11-12 PM
Session 3: Monday, July 20, 10-11:30 AM; Friday, July 24, 11-12 PM
Session 4: Monday, July 27, 10-11:30 AM; Friday, July 31, 11-12 PM

Who: Maine girls ages 12-16

Got creativity? AR-Girls-2019

Join AR Girls Virtual Workshop this summer, and use your creativity to produce your own augmented reality (AR) experiences to make our community aware of how to reduce waste – like food waste, fashion waste, and plastic waste.

In the AR Girls Virtual Workshop, you will learn to use a cool AR app to overlay graphics, videos, audio, even your own art, onto the real world. You’ll even get to playtest your AR experiences with other girls around Maine. And NO previous experience is required! Throughout you will be supported by our experienced team, which includes art educators at Waterfall Arts, Wintergreen Art Center, and Fiddlehead Art and Science Center.

Applications are on a first come, first serve basis. A waitlist will be created should spots fill up.

AR Girls Virtual Workshop 

  • Open to girls ages 12-16 living in Maine
  • Choose to participate in one week or multiple weeks
  • The workshop consists of online (Zoom) activities and offline independent challenges.
    • Monday will start with a 90-minute introduction to learning art and technology skills. Then you’ll be tasked with a weekly design challenge! You can check-in with any questions or to get feedback during 1-2 optional “open studios” on zoom mid week.
    • On Friday, we will all gather again for a “game jam” to play our new AR experiences.
  • You will need (1) mobile device (apple or android) on which you can load the “Metaverse” app and access to a computer for creating AR experiences. If either are an obstacle for you, please contact your local art org for a possible loaner device.

AR Girls is supported by a National Science Foundation grant, and is a collaboration between the Maine Math and Science Alliance, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Harvard University, Oregon State University, and University of Wisconsin Madison. It’s FREE to all participating girls, and, you don’t need any prior experience…just be ready to unleash your creative potential!

Register Now

For more information contact Phelan Gallagher:

phone: (207) 664-9069

Weekly Virtual Workshops (each week stands alone. Attend one or more):

Session 1:
Monday, July 6, 10-11:30 am; Friday, July 10 , 11am-12pm.
Session 2:
Monday, July 13, 10-11:30am; Friday, July 17, 11am-12pm.
Session 3:
Monday, July 20, 10-11:30am; Friday, July 24, 11am-12pm.
Session 4:
Monday, July 27, 10-11:30am; Friday, July 30, 11am-12pm.

Fiddlehead Art and Science Center
25 Shaker Rd, Gray, ME 04039

Wintergreen Art Center
149 State St, Presque Isle, ME 04769

Waterfall Arts
256 High St, Belfast, ME 04915

ar girls stem summer workshopAR Girls is an NSF funded research project designed to support teenage girls with an interest in art in developing science communication skills through art and technology. Working with project partners from the University of Maryland, Harvard Graduate School of Education, University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin, MMSA has designed a program for girls ages 12-16 to create an Augmented Reality (AR) experience about an environmental topic relevant to the local community. The experience will be designed using Metaverse software and various art and media production tools. The pilot program began summer of 2018 at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, ME.

Art Organization Partners
Fiddleheads Art and Science Center
waterfall arts
Wintergreen Arts Center

A Creative Collaboration between:

University of Wisconsin Madison
Project Funders

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation, grant #1657217.  Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Project Staff