120 Girls Join the First-Ever WiSci: Girls STEAM Camp

Events , Leadership

What happens when you bring together 120 girls from 9 countries to learn from each other and from experts in fields such as robotics, technology, and computer science? Pure brilliance.

As I write this, 30 girls from the United States and 90 girls from eight African countries are sitting side-by-side at the Gashora Girls Academy in Rwanda. They are there to participate in the first-ever WiSci: Girls STEAM Camp, a 3-week camp focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (aka STEAM) education.

This is so important. In the United States, women make up 47 percent of the workforce, but only 24 percent of the STEM workforce. Fields such as science and engineering are traditionally dominated by men, and we need more girls pursuing these fields and preparing for the jobs of the future.

That’s why Girl Up, the U.S. Department of State, Microsoft, Intel, the AOL Charitable Foundation, and the Rwanda Girls Initiative all came together to create the WiSci STEAM Camp. Through challenging curriculum, workshops, and inspiring speakers, girls will learn from experts in the STEAM fields. At the end of camp they will take everything they have learned  and develop and present a final project.

Just as exciting, the girls will learn not only from the instructors, but also from each other. And with 9 countries represented, they will have the opportunity to explore and celebrate a number of cultures that differ from their own. Through culture nights hosted by the girls from each country, all of the participants will get to learn a little more about the customs of other countries.

Here at Girl Up our mission is to unite girls to change the world. That is what the WiSci STEAM Camp is doing: bringing together girls with different backgrounds to learn the technical and leadership skills they need to build successful futures, and be successful agents of change.

We can’t wait to see what these girls do next!

Follow the happenings at the camp on Twitter with #WiSci2015.