Recently, The Working to Advance STEM education for African Women (WAAW) foundation in partnership with ETSD foundation and AFRITEX initiative organized a 6-day Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp, designed to create opportunity for secondary school girls to explore STEM as well as Computer Science training through technology-rich demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities and one-on-one connections with successful Women in technical fields that serve as role models. The theme of the 2016 Girls’ camp is Creating Employability Skills through Internet Connection, Computer Programming and STEM Innovation to Close the Digital Gender Gap in Nigeria.
The STEM camp program which was held at Aduvie International School, Abuja, Nigeria from August 8th to 13th, 2016 gathered 38 girls from Government/Public secondary schools across Nigeria. The WAAW camp program was sponsored by SASOL, EIF, Africa Education Initiative (NEF), INTEL, and TECHNOVA AFRICA.
With ages ranging from 13 to 16 years old, campers learned the importance of collaboration by working together in team throughout the week. With guidance from our facilitators, the girls got hands-on experience with the latest technology; they built renewable energy systems such as solar and Wind Mill systems, built small generators, learnt basic computer science concepts and programming using Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Blockly (maze and turtle) & Scratch tools, built website, developed Apps, how renewable energy power can help to reduce the effect of everyday burning of fossil fuels that releases excess carbon (IV) oxide into our environment etc. Emphasis was made on using locally available resources to build technology solutions.
The camp also included science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career exploration activities, such as panel discussions with local STEM professionals and field trip to two Technology companies, Phase 3 Telecoms and Galaxy Backbone in Abuja, Nigeria.
On the final day of the camp, parents, teachers, friends, staff, and members of the education, political, and Tech. communities came together to learn from campers about the highlights of the week – what they learned and what they enjoyed the most. The camp ended with presentation of certificates and awards.