Duration: September 2016 to September 2017
Funder: U.S. Department of State
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics) Camp is a private public partnership (PPP) between the U.S. Department of State’s Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, UN Foundation’s Girl Up Initiative, Intel Corporation, KGaA Darmstadt, and Google. The camp will bring approximately 100 high school girls from the African continent and the United States together in Malawi to explore the STEAM fields and access mentorship opportunities and leadership training.
Participants from Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia will engage in an intensive STEAM curriculum administered by Intel and Google experts intended to cultivate their interest and skillset in the STEAM fields. The camp will focus on developing their leadership potential and exploring the use of technology to create a safer, more secure world, with an emphasis on preventing gender-based violence.
One hundred female high school students from across Africa and the US will come together for the two-and-a-half-week camp in Malawi during late summer 2017.
Program Goals and Objectives:
- Empower adolescent girls from Sub-Saharan Africa;
- Equip adolescent girls with skills and knowledge to succeed in STEAM fields;
- Promote cross-cultural communication and understanding;
- Empower adolescent girls to prevent and respond to issues related to gender-based violence; and
- Create lasting relationships among participants with the business community.
The camp will help address the gender gap in STEAM fields by investing in in girls’ education and providing participants with the encouragement, community and confidence to pursue careers in those fields.