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.

Past Camps

The WiSci STEAM Camps began in 2015 with a pilot program in Rwanda. Since then, there have been 5 WiSci Girls STEAM Camps, bringing girls together from around the globe to learn about science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and math.

2019 | WiSci STEAM Camp | Kosovo

The 2019 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp Kosovo was held for two weeks from August 18-29, 2019 in Pristina, Kosovo. AAB College and the University of Pristina hosted 100 high school aged self-identifying girls from the United States, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Serbia. The jam-packed schedule allowed camp participants to develop their STEAM skills through workshops, build global networks to increase cross-cultural understanding, and strengthen their leadership adeptness. The girls generated ways STEAM fields can be used to help make a difference in the world, such as brainstorming eco-friendly transportation alternatives and developing apps to create community-based solutions. The program ultimately steered girls to consider how they can pursue future STEAM opportunities. Kosovo partners included The Millennium Challenge Corporation, the U.S. Department of State, the Millennium Foundation Kosovo, Intel, Girl Up, NASA, Microsoft, Jaha Solar, Bechtel, AAB College, and others implemented by Girl Up.

2019 | WiSci STEAM Camp | Oregon

The WiSci Girls STEAM Camp Oregon was held for one-week from July 28-August 3, 2019 in Bend, Oregon. The camp was held at Oregon State University, Cascades Campus and brought together 50 rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade self-identifying girls from the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. In partnership with Intel, Girl Up was able to offer a robust STEAM program that increased girls’ understanding of how STEAM-based-solutions can help create sustainable and equitable change throughout the world. Campers were able to develop a network with like-minded young leaders of change in their region while furthering their STEAM skills in a diversity of workshops ranging from topics of coding to emergency medical procedures.

2019 | WiSci STEAM Camp | Estonia

The 2019 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp Estonia was held for two weeks from July 14-27, 2019 at the Tallinn University of Applied Sciences in Tallinn, Estonia. 100 young self-identifying girl leaders from the United States, Estonia, Poland, Latvia and Georgia attended the camp to increase their concept knowledge in a variety of fields – ranging from biological sciences,  computer software, renewable energy sources, health, etc. – and developed leadership skills while building a global network. The environment fostered excitement and encouraged girls to actively consider the possibilities of how STEAM can create a more sustainable and equitable world. To offer a robust and challenging program, Girl Up partnered with the U.S. Department of State, Intel, Google, NASA, the American Society for Microbiology, the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Estonia, Telia Company, Vaimo, the Tallinn City Government, and others.

2019 | WiSci STEAM Camp | Namibia

The 2019 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp Namibia was held for two weeks from June 18-29, 2019 in Windhoek, Namibia. Girl Up co-implemented the camp with the U.S. Department of State, and the Namibia University for Science and Technology (NUST). Over 60 young self-identifying Namibian girl residents attended the camp, hosted on NUST’s campus, where they participated in a variety of STEAM workshops. Camp participants increased their understanding of how STEAM can be used to address issues on a local community-based level as well as on a global basis through policy and international affairs. The program provided mentorship from STEAM professionals, furthered girls’ leadership skills, and encouraged girls to pursue STEAM fields.  Partners included the U.S. Department of State, NUST, and Girl Up.

2018 | WiSci STEAM Camp | Georgia

The 2018 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp Georgia was held for two weeks from August 12-25, 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia.  The camp brought together 100 high school girls from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and the United States to work together to enhance their STEAM skills, craft their leadership potential, and build camaraderie and networks that will help propel them to new opportunities. Campers had the opportunity to learn how to develop mobile applications, coding skills, learn about microbiology and more. The camp was hosted by The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and Girl Up with Intel and Google.

2018 | WiSci STEAM Camp | Namibia

The 2018 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp Namibia was held for nearly two weeks from June 17-29, 2018 in Windhoek, Namibia. The camp brought together 100 high school girls from the African continent (Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Swaziland) and the United States to work together to enhance their STEAM skills, craft their leadership potential, and build camaraderie and networks that will propel them to new opportunities. Campers had the opportunity to learn how to develop mobile applications, coding skills, learn about microbiology and more.

2017 | WiSci STEAM Camp | Malawi

The 2017 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp was held for approximately two and a half weeks from July 30 – August 15, 2017 in Malawi. The camp brought together 98 high school girls from the African continent (Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Liberia) and the United States to work together to enhance their STEAM skills, craft their leadership potential, and build camaraderie and networks that will propel them to new opportunities. Campers had the opportunity to learn how to develop mobile applications, coding skills, learn about microbiology and more.

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2016 | WiSci STEAM Camp | Peru

A 2016 WiSci Girls STEAM camp was held for two weeks in July in Peru and brought together high school girls from Chile, Mexico, Peru and the United States. The camp offered students a new opportunity to demonstrate the real impact of STEAM education on girls. It capitalized on a related workshop for relevant APEC ministers by including a day-long session for the Ministers to interact with and mentor the girls on pursuing a STEAM based academic and career path.

2015 | WiSci STEAM Camp | Rwanda

In 2015, a pilot WiSci Girls STEAM Camp brought together a diverse group of 30 female U.S. high school students for an opportunity to study at the Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology in Rwanda alongside 90 African students from 8 African countries. A dynamic group of WiSci partners, including the U.S. Department of State, AOL Charitable Foundation, Girl Up, Intel Corporation, and Microsoft co-designed the concept and over 200 hours of programming, led classroom training, offered mentorship, provided connections to inspiring mentors and supported travel and logistics for the entire camp.