Lilongwe, July 26 – Following the success of the WiSci (Women in Science) Girls STEAM Camp held in Peru last year and in Rwanda in 2015, this year’s WiSci Girls STEAM Camp will take place in Malawi, July 30–August 14. A public-private partnership designed to expand STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and mathematics) exposure and opportunities for adolescent girls, this year’s camp brings together 100 students from Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Liberia, Tanzania, Zambia, and the United States.
Led by industry experts, WiSci 2017 focuses on the applications of science and technology in creating a safer, more secure world, including in countering gender-based violence (GBV). Campers will learn about coding and app development, engineering and robotics, micro- and molecular biology, design, mapping, and sustainable development. The camp will also provide the girls with leadership development, teamwork opportunities, cultural exchange, educational excursions, mentorship, and professional development extending beyond the camp to continue participants’ engagement in STEAM fields.
2017’s WiSci Girls STEAM Camp is led by founding partners the U.S. Department of State, United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, and the Intel Corporation, with programmatic support from Google, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany; American Society for Microbiology; World Bank Group’s infoDev; and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Implementing partner World Learning oversees programming and logistics for WiSci 2017.
Edward J. Monster – Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy
Marcus Muhariwa – Information Specialist, U.S. Embassy