Fall 2019

Advanced Design/Build: Community Chicken Coop!

Let’s build some avian architecture! This fall, 9th-12th grade girls will design and build a chicken coop for a community partner organization. Applying skills in carpentry, drafting, geometry, welding, and more, girls will research chicken behavior and the environmental needs of chickens, then bring their creative ideas to life through a group design process. We’ll then begin construction of the chicken coop in our workshop at Girls Garage, installing the final coop in our Winter 2020 session. This is a comprehensive design/build project that will challenge girls to work as a team and build a beautiful coop that will live in the community.

NOTE: We’re seeking a community partner for this project! If you are affiliated with a local organization in need of a chicken coop, please email us at info@girlsgarage.org.

**Priority will be given to a) girls and families with limited financial resources and b) continuing girls from our 2018-2019 Advanced Design/Build cohort


About our Advanced Design/Build program

Our Advanced Design/Build after-school program takes place on Mondays every Fall, Winter, and Spring session. The program is no-cost for girls and families, and accepts girls each season on an application basis. This cohort brings together 9th-12th grade girls from diverse backgrounds to tackle complex, community-based projects designed and built by girls themselves. By applying math, science, carpentry, drafting, welding, and other media, projects from the Advanced Design/Build program challenge girls to put their skills to work on architectural or product-based projects that will live in the world for years to come. Girls from this program have built a greenhouse, furniture for a women’s shelter, a public parklet for a local restaurant, and taught Melinda Gates and Mandy Moore how to use power tools. Many girls from this cohort continue into or come from our summer Young Women’s Design and Building Institute program.

This program also puts girls in a position of leadership and activism, voicing their ideas in public arenas and with real clients. We work hard to support this advanced cohort with supplementary discussions and lessons related to career pathways, college applications, how to apply for a job or put together a resume, and more. We also hold a safe space for intimate conversations about identity, confidence, and navigating the world as a young woman.

Program Quick Facts:

  • When: Mondays, 3 after-school sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • Who: 16-24 girls per year, 9th-12th grade, currently 60% girls of color
  • What: 1-2 major community-based building projects per year
  • How: By online application each season
  • How much: No cost to girls or families
  • Instructors: Emily Pilloton, Allison Oropallo, Hallie Chen