About the Nerd Girls

WHO WE ARE

We are a growing, global movement which celebrates smart-girl individuality that’s revolutionizing our future.

OUR MISSION

We want to encourage other girls to change their world through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, while embracing their feminine power.

THINGS WE BELIEVE

Brains are beautiful
Geek is Chic.
Smart is sexy.
Not either/or.

MEMBERSHIPS

Our members cross generation and gender lines – anyone who believes in our mission and is committed to helping girls reach their full potential.

THINGS WE’VE DONE

Nerd Girl engineers have solved myriad real world problems in tech fields, transportation, green technologies and more, to improve the lives of others, the environment and the world.  Here are some highlights:

Lighthouse Beacon: Installed solar technology in an historical landmark
Thacher Island: Converted homes to use solar power
The Monkey Project: Created a voice-activated door and reward dispenser for an
assistance animal and his human companion
The Ann E. B. Solar Car Project

HOW IT BEGAN

The first Nerd Girls Club by Dr. Karen Panetta, a professor at Tufts University, to empower her female engineering students and challenge the stereotypes and myths about women in engineering. While considered a maverick for starting Nerd Girls, Dr. Panetta has been instrumental in shifting attitudes about women engineers. Panetta has partnered with documentary filmmakers Paola di Florio and Karen Johnson to extend the reach of Nerd Girls utilizing film, television and web media.