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 multiple WiSci camps in 2019! Please stay tuned for the first the first announcement and first round of camper applications launching in February 2019.

Who is eligible to apply for the camp?

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?

Applications will open in February 2019 and close in March 2019, stay tuned for more details!

When will selected participants be notified?

Applicants will be notified of their application status by April 1, 2019.

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 visa in order to travel to the host countries, once accepted.

How many students will be participating in the camp?

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 some 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.