Your help could further MMSA’s vision of a brighter STEM future for the State of Maine and the nation. Today, I ask you to support MMSA and become a part of the movement to support exciting new ways for our youth to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
AR Girls is a NSF funded research project designed to support teenage girls with an interest in art to develop science communication skills through digital interactive art. Working with project partners from the University of Maryland, Harvard Graduate School of Education, University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin, MMSA will design a program for 16 girls ages 12-16 to create an Augmented Reality (AR) place-based tour about a science topic relevant to the local community. The experience will be designed using the ARIS software. The pilot program began summer of 2018 at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, ME.
The program begins with a 2-week summer intensive and continues through the fall with weekly meetings when the girls will plan a showcase of their AR experience, then continue to meet and practice ways to take their new skills and connections out into the world, as design professionals would do in their careers. This project aims to identify and explore ways to support teen girls’ interest in science, and open new career pathways.
- 2-week daylong summer workshop (*see below for dates in your region) and is followed by
- Two virtual meetings, and two in-person meetings each month in September and October
- Community showcase event in the Fall (plus a celebratory day together)
Unleash your creative potential! Work collaboratively with other girls and community partners to use your expertise in the arts to visually communicate about things that are important to you and your community! AR Girls is a summer-to-fall hands-on design experience for teen girls to explore and communicate with digital interactive art and design.The AR Girls program is FUN and FREE, and no prior experience with digital interactive art or design is required!
Hang Out – Make Interactive Art – Host a Showcase
All Girls ages 12-16 are welcome!
Share this exciting opportunity with a girl you know!
Fiddlehead Art and Science Center (Gray) – July 8-19
Wintergreen Arts Center (Presque Isle) – July 22-Aug 2
Waterfall Arts (Belfast) – August 5-16
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.