DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest and success in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. Through hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and making activities, girls learn technical skills and apply them by creating their own creative projects and inventions.
DIY Girls is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Founded in 2011, DIY Girls has reached over 1200 students through after-school programs, summer camps and workshops.
Luz Rivas (full bio), an engineer and educator, founded the organization in 2011. Luz is a daughter of Mexican immigrants and was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she received a degree in Electrical Engineering. She also received a Master's in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Luz worked as an engineer for Motorola and then transitioned into the STEM education field in 2001 after realizing that kids in underserved neighborhoods were not getting access to hands-on STEM opportunities. After 10 years of experience developing and leading K-12 STEM programs, she decided to start DIY Girls at her very own elementary school in Los Angeles.
Luz started the first DIY Girls program with 30 5th grade girls at Telfair Elementary. Today, DIY Girls serves hundreds of girls throughout Los Angeles and offers a club kit so that anyone can start their own DIY Girls program in their community.