WAAW Foundation

WAAW Foundation Open 2016 STEM Camp Application for African Girls

The application period for 2016 WAAW foundation Summer Camp, a week-long, fun, hands-on STEM immersion program for secondary school girls, is now open


Wylie, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/05/2016 -- The Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation 2016 STEM Camp targets 40 under-represented senior secondary girls aged 13 – 17 years. The aim of the STEM camp program is to increase girls' interest and confidence in STEM, provide digital literacy training and create online peer networking platform, where girls connect and continue to learn and improve their technology skills. Girls will be introduced to computer science & programming, mobile application development and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) hand-on curriculum.

"Our STEM program allows academically talented, underrepresented girls in Public Senior Secondary Schools, mostly from poor socio-economic families to join other like-minded girls to explore STEM in a fun and informal environment, so that we equip girls with STEM skills they will use for a lifetime. We are working to expose as many girls as we can to a future that awaits their brilliance!" said, Dr. Unoma Okorafor, Founder and President, WAAW foundation.

WAAW foundation is partnering with Sasol Engineering, AFRITEX Initiative, and EduTeen Foundation to conduct the weeklong STEM camp sessions at Aduvie International School, Jahi District, Abuja, Nigeria from August 8-13, 2016. Camp participants will have the opportunity to learn to build a robot, build renewable energy systems such as solar and Wind Mill systems, learn basic computer science concepts and be introduced to programming (Arduino, raspberry pi, blockly, and SCRATCH), mobile app development, Javascript programming, circuit design, participate in team building exercises etc. They will interact with female role models and emphasize the use of computer science and technology to solve real life problems in their communities by employing locally available resources. The objective is to empower girls by inculcating the sense that they can contribute to problem solving, entrepreneurship and economic development in their communities.

There will also be fun and recreational activities such as baking, swimming, sports and game time, Dance-drama presentation, and a field trip or excursion to technological companies, University campuses as well as environmental, ecological and historical sites of interest around Abuja, Nigeria. These activities will give the girls the opportunity to open up and get connected with their peers, instructors and mentors in an informal setting.

They are now accepting applications for the 2016 STEM Summer camp Program!!! Registration for the STEM camp is open till July 30, 2016. Scholarships and partial scholarships are available for girls in Government or public schools only. Scholarship covers registration fee, training materials, feeding, boarding, and excursion fee.

For complete 2016 STEM camp program & application information, visit http://waawfoundation.org/2016-stem-camp-application/

About WAAW Foundation
WAAW (Working to Advance Science and Technology Education for African Women) Foundation is an international non-profit organization founded in 2007 whose mission is to increase the pipeline of African women entering into Science and Technology fields and ensure they are engaged in Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship to benefit Africa.

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