3D Printing Academy for Girls is an education technology start-up founded in 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky.
3D Printing Academy for Girls brings STEM to life by engaging girls in technology through making, creating, and inventing the world they envision for themselves.
In a 30-hour immersive learning environment, middle- school– age girls learn to use emerging and disruptive technologies and are mentored by women in technology from the private sector and academia, preparing them for the future of work.
What We Believe
The future belongs to the creators and the innovators; to the girls whose creativity and ideas will shape and change the world forever; to the makers.
3D Printing Academy for Girls inspires girls to take on the tech-inspired do-it-yourself (DIY) mentality. They learn to use electronic tools, like 3D printers, open source platforms and software to create new and physical objects. This revolutionary change in how hardware is innovated has great potential to change the future of computers, particularly for girls.
Investing in girls is not a fairness objective, it’s an economic imperative.~ Njideka Harry, Founder
Njideka U. Harry is the Founder of 3D Printing Academy for Girls. The curriculum and training platform was piloted under Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), a non-profit organization she founded 17 years ago.
In April 2018 to give the founding team flexibility in the curriculum and to raise capital to scale, 3D Printing Academy for Girls evolved into an education technology start-up with a social impact.
Njideka has a global reputation as a thought leader and is a highly sought out speaker and subject matter expert in forums related to education technology, entrepreneurship and gender equity. She has presented to various international audiences including the United Nations General Assembly, the World Economic Forum, the Atlantic Council and the Clinton Global Initiative. She serves on various think tanks for the Fourth Industrial Revolution providing input on these technologies and their relevance in industry. Her work has been recognized by Ashoka and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
Prior to embarking on her edupreneurial journey, Njideka spent the majority of her corporate career working in various technology, finance and product management roles at Fortune 500 companies including General Electric and Microsoft.
Njideka holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University She completed post-graduate studies at Stanford University where she was a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow.