WiSci Girls STEAM Camp

Internationally, there is a strong gender imbalance in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The WiSci Camp aims to help bridge that gap through access to education, mentorship opportunities and leadership training.

2019 Camps

When and where will the 2019 camps be held?

Drumroll, please… Girl Up is excited to announce that there will be FIVE WiSci camps in 2019! Applications opened in March 2019 and close in April-June 2019. Please see below for more details.

Applications for campers from the U.S. and all participating countries to WiSci Ethiopia, WiSci Estonia, and WiSci Namibia are now closed and all applicants were notified of their application status. If an applicant to these three camps has not yet received notification it is indicative that she was not selected.

Applicants to WiSci Camps in Ethiopia, Namibia, and Estonia were notified of their application status by May 30, 2019.

Applicants to WiSci Oregon were notified of their application status by June 15.

Applicants from Albania and Montenegro to WiSci Kosovo will be notified of their application status by July 15.

Namibia 2019

The WiSci Girls STEAM Camp will be held in Windhoek, Namibia from June 18-29, 2019 for girls from all regions of Namibia. The camp will be hosted at the Namibia University for Science and Technology (NUST), co-implemented by Girl Up and NUST.

Ethiopia 2019

The 2019 WiSci Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that had been previously scheduled for July 3-16, 2019, has been cancelled.

Kosovo 2019

The WiSci Girls STEAM Camp will be held in Pristina, Kosovo from August 18-29, 2019 for 100 girls from the United States, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Serbia. The camp will be hosted at AAB College. Lodging provided by the Student Center at the University of Pristina.

Estonia 2019

The WiSci Girls STEAM Camp will be held in Tallinn, Estonia from July 14-27, 2019 for 100 girls from the countries of United States, Estonia, Poland, Latvia and Georgia. The camp will be hosted at the Tallinn University of Applied Sciences.

Oregon 2019

The WiSci Girls STEAM Camp will be held for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade girls in Bend, Oregon, USA from July 28 – August 3, 2019 for girls from the Pacific North West region of the United States. The camp will be hosted at Oregon State University, Cascades campus.

Who is eligible to apply for the camp?

Self-identifying girls, ages 15 to 18 at the time of the camp, with at least one year of high school remaining during the 2019-2020 school year, who are citizens or residents of participating countries.

Ethiopia 2019: citizens or residents of Ethiopia and citizens of the United States of America. The 2019 WiSci Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that had been previously scheduled for July 3-16, 2019, has been cancelled.

Kosovo 2019: citizens or residents of Kosovo and citizens of Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, and the United States of America.

Estonia 2019: citizens or residents of Estonia and citizens of Poland, Latvia, Georgia, or citizens of the United States of America.

Oregon 2019: Self-identifying girls, who are rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders for the 2019-2020 school year, who are residents of the Pacific North West region of the United States of America.

Namibia 2019: citizens or residents of Namibia.

Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in the STEAM fields and engagement in their schools and communities – if the opportunity has been presented to them. Applicants are encouraged to share if they face any personal and/or financial barriers to furthering their interest in learning about and pursuing educational and extracurricular opportunities STEAM fields. Preference will be given to applicants who are interested in learning more about STEAM and have limited financial resources or access to other learning opportunities. Additionally, applicants should be willing to have an open mind and interest in cross-cultural learning experiences.

Who are the WiSci camp organizers?

WiSci Camp is made possible through a public-private partnership, with many partners from around the world, including U.S. Department of State, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Girl Up, and private sector partners such as Intel and Google, NASA, the American Society for Microbiology, Microsoft, and more!

Ethiopia 2019
Partners include the U.S. Department of State, Google, Girl Up, NASA, Microsoft, the American Society for Microbiology and others, co-implemented by World Learning and Girl Up. The 2019 WiSci Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that had been previously scheduled for July 3-16, 2019, has been cancelled.

Kosovo 2019
Partners include The Millennium Challenge Corporation, Intel, Girl Up, NASA, AAB College, and others implemented by Girl Up.

Estonia 2019

Partners include the U.S. Department of State, Intel, Google, Girl Up, NASA, the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Estonia, Telia Company, Vaimo, the Tallinn City Government, and others, implemented by Girl Up.

Oregon 2019
Partners include Intel and Girl Up, implemented by Girl Up.

WiSci Namibia 2019
Partners include the U.S. Department of State, Girl Up, and NUST.

What is the deadline to apply to the camp?

April 14, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET was the deadline for all US applicants to WiSci Estonia/Kosovo/Ethiopia.

April 21, 2019 at 11:59pm was the deadline for:
Applicants from Kosovo, Serbia, and North Macedonia to WiSci Kosovo
Applicants from Georgia to WiSci Estonia

April 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET was the deadline for applicants from Namibia to the WiSci Namibia camp.

May 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET was the deadline for applicants from Estonia, Latvia, and Poland to WiSci Estonia.

June 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET is the deadline or until all available camper spots are claimed for US applicants from Washington and Oregon to the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade WiSci Oregon camp. It is also the deadline for girls from Albania and Montenegro to WiSci Kosovo.

When will selected participants be notified?

Applicants to all international WiSci Camps in Ethiopia, Namibia, and Estonia will be notified of their application status by May 30, 2019.

Applicants to WiSci Oregon, WiSci Ethiopia, and WiSci Kosovo will be notified of their application status by June 15, or when all available camper spots are claimed.

What cost is there for attending the camp? Are lodging, food and activities included?

All selected participants will receive a scholarship to attend the camp free of charge, a value of over $5,000 USD. All costs associated with lodging, food, and activities during the camp are covered through the support of WiSci partners, in addition to transportation to/from the capital city of your home country (origin of departure). Participants can bring a limited amount of spending money for small souvenirs and snacks if they wish.

Is a passport required to apply for the program?

No. Applicants are not required to have a passport to apply for the program. However, participants will need a passport and potentially need a visa in order to travel to the host countries, once accepted.

How many students will be participating in the camp?

Between 70 – 100 campers at each camp.

Who will the campers interact with during the camp?

Camp participants and young adult counselors will stay in the university’s dorms onsite. Each counselor will be responsible for a group of 10 campers. Camp staff will be composed of staff by Girl Up at all camps and additionally by World Learning staff at WiSci Ethiopia. All staff staying overnight on the camp premises are required to undergo a background check.

Classroom facilitators and private-sector partner staff from organizations such as Google and Intel, will also be present during the day to carry out STEAM programming. Additional mentors and guest speakers, including government officials, will visit the camp to interact with the camp participants.