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.

2015 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, 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.

During the life-changing three weeks, campers participated in a gamified coding and robotics curriculum, 54 office hours with mentors, 15 leadership workshops, as well as cultural nights and field trips to a wildlife reserve and a local farm. The campers explored solutions at the intersection of STEAM and social impact, and created collaborative group projects. Facilitators coached them on the use of marketing and social media, and helped them hone critical advocacy skills. By the end of camp, campers cited a 97.5 percent increase in understanding of STEM’s role in tackling global issues.

WiSci campers wrote about their life-changing experiences in a Huffington Post blog series and shared updates on social media (#WiSci2015).