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.

2020 Camps

When and where will the 2020 camps be held?

Stay tuned, young leaders of change! Girl Up is actively planning the 2020 WiSci camps and will announce the location, dates, and application process within the first few months of 2020. We promise, we are just as excited as you are.

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.

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!

What is the deadline to apply to the camp?

Want to apply for 2020 WiSci Camps? Information about the application process including deadlines to apply will be announced in early 2020!

When will selected participants be notified?

Want to apply for 2020 WiSci Camps? Information about the application process including the notification timeline will be announced in early 2020! Stay tuned!

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

All selected 2020 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 dormitory style housing onsite. Each counselor will be responsible for a group of 10 counselors. Camp staff will be composed of staff by Girl Up at all camps. 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.