WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Tbilisi, Georgia Begins August 12

WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Tbilisi, Georgia Begins August 12

Girl Up, with the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Partnerships, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, hosts two-week long camp where girls from four countries will have a hands-on opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and math

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (August 6 – Tbilisi, Georgia):Building upon the success of WiSci (Women in Science) Girls STEAM Camps held in Namibia (2018), Malawi (2017), Peru (2016), and Rwanda (2015), Girl Up is readying for this year’s WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Tbilisi, Georgia. The camp will take place August 12-25 and will bring together 100 students from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the United States. The camp is the result of a public-private partnership designed to expand science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and mathematics (STEAM) exposure and opportunities for adolescent girls.

Led by technology professionals, engineers, and scientists from Intel, Google, Microsoft, American Society for Microbiology, WiSci Georgia will provide campers with curriculum in coding and app development, engineering and robotics, micro- and molecular biology, and sustainable development. The girls will have the opportunity to present ideas that use the skills and tools they gain in the classroom to address a social or development challenge in their communities and the world. The camp will also provide campers with leadership and communication skills, teamwork opportunities, cultural exchange, educational excursions, mentorship, and professional development and networks extending beyond the camp to continue participants’ engagement in STEAM fields.

WiSci Georgia is hosted by WiSci Founding Partners, the U.S. Department of State, Girl Up, and the Intel Corporation, in partnership with the Millennium Challenge Corporation and Google. Additional programmatic support is provided bythe American Society for Microbiology and Microsoft. The WiSci Girls STEAM camp is part of the U.S. government’s efforts to empower adolescent girls and promote the importance of innovation, technology, science leadership, and STEAM training, in addition to the importance of girls’ education.

About Girl Up

Girl Up is a global leadership development initiative, positioning girls to be leaders in the movement for gender equality. With resources in five languages and more than 2,200 Girl Up Clubs in over 100 countries, we’ve trained 40,000 girls of all backgrounds to create tangible change for girls everywhere. Girl Up provides leadership training and gives girls tools to become gender equality advocates and activists. Through our programs, girls broaden their social impact skill set, receive a platform to tell their stories, and apply STEM for social good. Our girl leaders create real policy change at local and national levels, raise millions of dollars to support United Nations programs that reach tens of thousands of girls around the world, and build community-based movements. Girl Up is an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, working across a global community of partners to achieve gender equality worldwide. Learn more at GirlUp.org.

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at unfoundation.org.

About the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships

The U.S. Department of State’s mission is to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere.The Department’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) is the center of excellence for collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, the public and private sectors, and civil society. Launched in 2008 on the recommendation by the Advisory Committee for Transformational Diplomacy, S/GP builds and facilitates partnerships that leverage the creativity, innovation, and core business resources of partners for greater impact.

About the Millennium Challenge Corporation

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty. Created by the U.S. Congress in January 2004 with strong bipartisan support, MCC has changed the conversation on how best to deliver smart U.S. foreign assistance by focusing on good policies, country ownership, and results. MCC provides time-limited grants promoting economic growth, reducing poverty, and strengthening institutions. In Georgia, MCC aims to expand economic opportunities for Georgians through improvements in the quality of education in STEM fields and increasing women’s participation in STEM professions.

About Intel

Intel invents at the boundaries of technology to make amazing experiences possible for business and society, and for every person on Earth. Harnessing the capability of the cloud, the ubiquity of the Internet of Things, the latest advances in memory and programmable solutions, and the promise of always-on 5G connectivity, Intel is disrupting industries and solving global challenges. Leading on policy, diversity, inclusion, education, and sustainability, we create value for our stockholders, customers, and society.

About Google

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely-known companies in the world. Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

 About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

About the American Society for Microbiology

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is the largest single life science society, composed of more than 50,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM’s mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences.ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications, educational opportunities and global outreach. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences.

Further Information

For more information about the WiSci Girls STEAM Camp, visit: GirlUp.org/WiSci

Media Contact: Beth Nervig bnervig@girlup.org


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