COUNTRIES: eSwatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, United States
DURATION: 09/06/2016 - 10/30/2019
FUNDER: U.S. Department of State
CONTACTWiSciCamp@worldlearning.org

Program Description

The WiSci Girls STEAM Camp brings together girls from across the African continent and the U.S. to explore the STEAM fields and access mentorship opportunities and leadership training.

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, and Google. In 2018, the camp will bring approximately 100 high school girls from Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, eSwantini, and the U.S. together for 13 days in Namibia.

During the camp, participants will engage in an intensive STEAM curriculum administered by experts from Intel and Google, as well as other leaders 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.

For more information on the camp—visit GirlUp.org/WiSci, or follow along on Twitter at #WiSciCamp and #WiSci2018.

Program Goals

  • 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 violent extremism; and
  • Create lasting relationships among participants with the business community.

The camp will help address the gender gap in STEAM fields by investing in girls’ education and providing participants with the encouragement, community, and confidence to pursue careers in those fields.

WiSci Girls STEAM Camp 2017 in Malawi