Girls Garage is a program of the nonprofit Project H Design.

Project H was founded in 2008 by designer and builder Emily Pilloton to celebrate and cultivate the raw brilliance of youth through rigorous, hands-on design and building projects in the classroom and in their communities.

Shop Class for
the 21st Century

In 2010, Project H Design launched Studio H, a high school program where students learn everything from concepting and drafting to carpentry and construction. First implemented in rural Bertie County, NC, the program was featured in the documentary If You Build It. Studio H is now based out of REALM Charter School in Berkeley, CA, where it has continued to grow.

Fearless Builder Girls

As female instructors, we recognized that our young girls were not reaching their full potential in the co-ed classroom. So in the summer of 2013, we started Girls Garage as an experimental camp where girls could could learn carpentry and welding together in an all-female space. After the success of that first summer, which we ran out of our Studio H classroom, we added after-school programming and grew every year, with a wait list of over 100 girls. In April 2016, we announced the program’s expansion and relocation into its own dedicated space in West Berkeley, a 3600 square-foot workshop designed with, for, and by girls and women.

press

Girls Garage has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, Slate, TIME, and Medium, and featured at The White House’s National Week of Making. The work of Project H Design has made its way onto the TED stage, The Colbert Report, CNN, and Forbes. And in 2019, Melinda Gates and Mandy Moore came to visit, and our teen girls taught them both how to use a chop saw!