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We are excited to host our Fly a Drone Zone at Girl Day at UT Austin this year! Feb. 24th

UT Austin Engineering Hosts ‘Girl Day,’ Biggest Event of its Kind in the U.S.

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Women in Engineering Program in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin will host more than 10,000 children, parents and educators from cities across the state for its 17th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Girl Day STEM Festival, a daylong event filled with activities that help spark creativity, inspire future careers and show how engineers and scientists can change the world. Elementary and middle school students will engage in 150 activities and hands-on educational experiences, from designing a balloon-powered car to watching physics and chemistry in action.

With over 1,400 volunteers from UT Austin, nonprofit organizations and local businesses, Girl Day has become the largest event of its kind in the U.S. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is presented by Halliburton and the Girl Day STEM Festival is presented by Texas Instruments.

When: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Cockrell School of Engineering Complex at UT Austin (map)

(You can find us here: Engineering Education and Research Center (EER) West Lawn)

Girl Day By the Numbers:

  • 8,000 — Kindergarten through 8th grade students expected to register for Girl Day 2018
  • 150 — Activities throughout the day
  • 7,200 — Inches of rainbow electrical tape to create LED butterflies
  • 12,000 — Straws to create sustainable pinwheels
  • 1,950 — Toy animals to save by constructing parachutes


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Join us for a Maker Mixer and learn about the 2018 Maker Faire Austin!

Join us for our Maker Mixer at thinkery on Thursday Feb. 15th. Doors open at 6pm with with our state of the faire presentation starting at 6:45. Learn about this year’s Maker Faire, mix with other Makers, volunteers, and meet the staff. We’ll have opportunities to sign up to volunteer and how to be part of our production team, as well as information on how you can help promote the faire! We will have music, and entertainment. Beer, wine, and nosh will be served. Tickets are limited, so RSVP before they are gone!

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In celebration of the exhibition Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming, the Bullock Museum will transform into Austin’s top arcade. Travel through time as you play your way through a veritable history of gaming. Classic arcade cabinets as well as the most recent gaming platforms will be represented in this tribute to video games. Keep your quarters because free games, drinks and bites are included.

January 26, 2018 6:00pm – 8:00pm @ the Bullock Texas State History Museum 

Maker Faire Austin is interested in creating a grant program to be awarded to maker’s to help make a project dream a reality and bring it to Maker Faire Austin in May.

We’ve created a brief survey to get a better idea of how grant money could be used and would appreciate your input.

Click here to find out more and fill out the survey!

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Create, invent, play, and explore with local makers and found objects at the Maker Faire Austin Pop Up at the Bullock Texas State History Museum from December 28th to December 30th. The whole family will enjoy making and gaming inspired by the Bullock’s exhibit Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming. Including:

  • A cardboard Pac-Man build and Lifesize cardboard Minecraft area.
  • LED origami paper circuits Holiday ornament area.
  • Augmented Reality Pong tables.
  • Giant Marble Maze.
  • Mini Marble Maze craft area.
  • Maker booths, exhibits, and projects.

Other interactive games, projects, exhibits, and More!

If you would like to apply as a maker or volunteer at this event, click here!

Free with museum admission.