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WAAW foundation invites senior secondary school girls to register for our 2017 STEM camp. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The theme for our 2017 camp is Creating Employability Skills through Internet Connection, Computer Programming and STEM Innovation to Close the Digital Gender Gap in Nigeria.
This one week Residential camp promises to be SUPER exciting, SUPER fun, very creative and innovative for 40 African girls in Abuja, Nigeria!!! Our camp is aimed at African girls between the ages of 13 and 17 years who are currently enrolled in Senior Secondary School SS1 – SS3. Girls from all African countries are encouraged to apply.
45,000 Naira for private school students and other individuals.
Limited full Scholarships and reduced cost available for public school students only. Please note that requiring a scholarship may limit your chances of acceptance into the program.
*WAAW will not provide transportation to and from the camp location. Feeding, lodging, Science & Robotics kits, books, t-shirts, backpacks, hands-on learning and mega-fun will be provided.
ABUJA, NIGERIA CAMP DETAILS
Date: July 23-29, 2017
LAGOS, NIGERIA CAMP DETAILS
Date: August 6-12, 2017
HOW TO APPLY
Scroll down or Click HERE to fill our online application form:
Successful applicants will be notified by second week in July . If selected, approval must be received from campers parents in order to attend our camps. *Note that we will accept applicants on a first come, first serve basis and on the strength of their essays. We encourage you to apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE in order to secure a place, because space is limited and our camps fill up very quickly.
- Students will build circuit design and learn about robotic on the Arduino Raspberry pi
- Students will build renewable energy systems such as solar and Wind Mill systems.
- Students will learn basic computer science concepts and be introduced to programming using Arduino and raspberry pi platform, playing with blockly program.
- Students will be introduced to app building for Andriod platform using MITs app builder.
- Students will participate in team building exercises.
- All activities are very focused on hands on, integrative learning that promotes creativity, innovation and problem solving using locally available resources.
There is time for fun!
The camp schedules a number of activities that may include swimming, pizza parties, outdoor sports, bead making classes, dance classes, career fair, wii playing, movies and karaoke. Participants experience dorm life, cafeteria food and learn what it is like to be on a college campus. There will also be an excursion!
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR 2017 STEM CAMP ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
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2016 STEM CAMP WAS A SUCCESS
ABUJA, NIGERIA CAMP
The Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation conducted its fourth 6-day Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) camp in partnership with ETSD foundation and AFRITEX Initiative, from August 8-13, 2016 at the Aduvie International School, Abuja-Nigeria. The event gathered 38 secondary school students aged 13-16, 1 STEM teacher of Federal Government Girls College, Ijaniki, Lagos and 3 College STEM fellows who perform STEM outreach and mentoring programs in Public Schools in Delta state, Edo state and Minna, Nigeria.
2015 STEM CAMP WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!
NAIROBI, KENYA CAMP
The Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation in partnership with eMobilis Institute, Kenya organized a one-week Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) camp from July 19-24, 2015 at the Brookhouse School, Nairobi, Kenya. The event gathered 22 secondary school students aged 13-17, and 1 College STEM fellow who perform STEM outreach and mentoring programs in Public secondary schools in Nairobi.
LAGOS, NIGERIA CAMP
The Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation conducted its third one-week Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) camp from August 2-8, 2015 at the Greenspring School, Anthony-Lagos, Nigeria. The event gathered 37 secondary school students aged 13-17, 1 STEM teacher of Federal Government Girls College, Ijaniki, Lagos and 4 College STEM fellows who perform STEM outreach and mentoring programs in Public Schools in Delta state, Edo state and Minna, Nigeria.
2014 STEM CAMP WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!
2014 STEM camp for 32 African girls was held at Global International College, Lekki Lagos from July 27th to August 2nd, 2014. The theme of the camp was Computing, Robotics, and Renewable energy camp for African girls.
2013 STEM CAMP WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!
WAAW Foundation in partnership with the Women Technology Empowerment Center (W.TEC) Nigeria launched its one-week residential camp at the Laureates College in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria from July 28th to August 3rd, 2013.
The Theme of the Camp was Robotics and Renewable Energy for Africa.
Click the link below to watch the awesome Scratch Animation Movie – One of the projects made by a camper from our 2013 STEM camp.
Scratch – WAAW Foundation Camp infomercial scratch.mit.edu
Sponsorship opportunities range from providing Camper kits, T-shirts, backpacks, Media Sponsorship Partnerships, Hosting of Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Sponsoring/Hosting Field Trips to Sponsoring our Career Fair Day. For sponsorship opportunities, please email email@example.com.
For African girls between the ages of 13 and 17 years who are currently enrolled in Senior Secondary School (SS1) through SS3. Girls from all African countries are encouraged to apply.*Please note however, that WAAW will not be responsible for transportation costs to and from the camp location.
- Students will build a robot to solve green energy challenges such as trash sorting.
- Students will build renewable energy systems such as solar and Wind Mill systems.
- Students will explore science, engineering and Math topics to support camp theme.
- Students will participate in team building exercises.
There is time for fun!
The camp schedules a number of activities that may include swimming, pizza parties, baking classes, dance classes, career fair, wii playing and karaoke. Participants experience dorm life, cafeteria food and learn what it is like to be on a college campus.
Camp Director: Frances Van Sloun
Frances serves as the Director at Wolf Ridge ELC Camp in Finland, Minnesota where she has experience training and working with staff and counselors. She has planned big events and activities for staff and campers, and dealt with camper situations that got too difficult for counselors to handle. Frances is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of St. Thomas University in Minnesota with a lot of hands on experience teaching Robotics and Renewable energy modules, and has had the amazing opportunity to travel to Uganda, Africa to help install solar powered lighting (about 100 lights in 40 homes and a school) in a small village in Ntungamo District. Now having a great love for the people and culture of Africa, she is excited to return to Africa to help with directing the 2013 WAAW STEM camp. Frances is simply amazing!
Camp Director: Dr. Kaye Smith
Associate Professor of Physics and STEM Education, St. Catherine University, MN
Dr. Smith holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. She has over 12 years of industrial experience in R&D, manufacturing and technical service. After leaving her industrial career she taught courses in engineering, physics and math at Century college, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, before accepting the position of 3M Thwaits Fellow at the University St. Thomas. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Smith directed the highly successful School of Engineering’s summer STEPS camp program. Dr. Smith’s has done service works in the area of water purification in developing countries and she makes almost yearly trips to developing areas of the world, including Africa to work with and educate local communities about clean water, sanitation and hygiene. This work includes working side-by-side with community members to build pit latrines and sand filers.
Click here to See our (proposed) 2013 Camp Schedule (.pdf) *Please note that the schedule is subject to change.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +234.806.313.5150
The objective of the camp is to interest and encourage secondary school girls to participate in STEM fields at an early age when career decisions are often formed. The learning objective is to ensure girls think of Science and Technology as tools to help them innovate to enable real problem solving in their communities.
The camp uses an integrated learning approach centered around the theme to show how robotics and programming is useful for solving significant problems in Africa such as electricity generation. The camp includes hands on activities, lectures, tutorials, experiments and field trips, led and presented by female role models as an avenue to engage girls and interest them in STEM careers.
Participants are African girls (ages 13 – 17) who show high aptitude and interest in STEM disciplines, drawn both from government or public schools fed by low income families. These girls would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn about or be exposed to possible STEM careers. We are also accepting applicants from private schools. The aim of the camp is to challenge traditional African societal beliefs that female education is wasted resources, and demonstrate that STEM innovation helps solve real problems in the communities in which our participants live.
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Goals and Objectives
The goal of the camp is to interest and encourage female African students to participate in STEM fields. at an early age when career decisions are often formed. The camp will provide an engaging, safe. and fun forum for participants to network, be inspired by role models, and motivated by hands on experiments in robotics and renewable energy.
The long term benefit is female empowerment through increased students’ awareness, participation and recruitment into STEM careers and majors. This in turn builds technology skills capacity in Africa, which ultimately leads to poverty alleviation.
This STEM camp will
- Teach critical thinking and problem solving skills inherent in computer science, environmental sciences, mathematics and engineering design, development and testing via lessons and hands on experiments.
- Expose participants to Robotics and Programming tools and resources that can enhance innovation and problem solving.
- Teach crucial skills of online research and data gathering and evaluation.
- Provide opportunities to think about, research, design, build and test renewable energy sources for their local environment.
- Organize a field trip to a University campus to demonstrate science and technology in action, and to whet students’ appetites to pursue post secondary degrees.
- Expose participants to successful professional STEM female role models.
- Integrate fun inquiry-based learning.
- Provide fun cultural and extracurricular activities aimed at building strong friendships and peer networks among participants.
- Provide the girls with the opportunity to build and improve research and scientific/public presentations skills by presenting and discussing their projects before judges consisting of STEM professors, graduate students and professionals.
- Provide girls with career counseling opportunities in STEM and exposure to role models.
- Encourage parent participation for continued support of girls education after camp experience.
- Provide an online forum for continued sharing of ideas and experiences related to the successful navigation of STEM careers in Africa.
- Provide girls the opportunity to form peer support networks
STEM CAMP TESTIMONIALS
“After this week, I am inspired to go back to school and teach my friends what I have learnt in this summer camp. There are excellent activities and great classes and teachers” – Yvonne Najoli, Kenya camper
“Even in the short time I was at the camp I learnt so much about technology, but more about how people can achieve professions that they love and enjoy. Everyone’s enthusiasm about their professions inspired me to find what I love and pursue it. I am now much, much more interested in technology-related careers. They are so much fun.” – Gladys Ntete, Kenya camper
“The best feature of camp was learning STEM activities and still having fun. My overall academic experience at this camp was excellent. I loved how the camp was organized and I would recommend this camp to all students interested in computers.” – Liza Dama, Kenya camper
“We got to learn new things that girls of our age might not have the opportunity to learn, like building a generator, wind mill and developing mobile applications.” – Favour Odukoya , Lagos camper
“I liked the activities very much because they helped us to have a hands-on experience of what it is like to work in areas of STEM. I learnt how to think out of the box and create things by working together with my group members. It let me get a glimpse of what it is like to work in the real-world engineering and technological field. I can use logical thinking and teamwork that I learnt through the activities to solve problems that I face in real life.” – Mary Okon, Lagos camper
“My favorite session is the mobile application class. I can’t wait to start earning money from the app developed at the camp. I feel very lucky that I was chosen to attend this program.” – Mary Nduta, Kenya camper
“I think this is the best experience I have ever had because I learned while having fun and the teachers were amazing.” – Faith Vusaka, Kenya camper
“At the Introduction to Mobile Programming platforms, I had a great time from the very start. Mr. Walter demonstrated the principles of mobile Applications. We were then given the opportunity to create our own app. It was awesome to see that our apps were published! It was also fun to meet new people, work with a partner I never met before, and share my knowledge with my family on the last day of camp.” – Nwosu Chisom, Lagos camper
“I feel that this camp has completely changed who I am. It has given me more confidence and a new look at the technology world. It is an eye opener for me and it got me quite excited about my career in Engineering. I will definitely recommend this camp to others because you get to meet so many new girls your own age and plus, you have so much fun learning new things that by the end of the day you are disappointed that it is over.” – Uwana Effiong, Lagos camper
“It’s been a really fun experience to build and program. My favorite part so far has been the Mobile Application session!” – Hillary Muthoni, Kenya camper
“The camp enabled me to learn new things and have fun at the same time. I think in the future I will be able to programme a robot. I am more confident that as a girl I will excel in engineering field. I want to become a Computer engineer. This is why I love WAAW camp!” – Faith Ekong, Lagos camper
“The camp training ignited my passion for building and exploring basic mechanics work. I want to become a mechanical engineer. This is the best thing I’ve done all summer. Thanks to WAAW foundation for giving me this opportunity” – Ekanem Inyang, Lagos camper
“I have to admit that I was nervous when I saw the camp curriculum, all the sessions look impossible and difficult to me. I thought you had to be a geek to be here. However, by the end of the program, I had learned scientific and engineering principles while having a great time designing, building and programming. The instructors made learning fun. The camp definitely had a positive impact on me. It got me inspired to get involved and really gave me confidence. It gave me great ideas and I am so excited to continue in my career as a Chemical Engineer” – Balogun Zainab, Lagos camper
“WAAW camp rock! I’ve never seen my daughter so excited about science. Thanks for such a fun and enthusiastic learning atmosphere. My daughter felt comfortable and had fun learning from day one. Thank you! Keep up the great work!” – Olasubomi’s mother, during the Lagos camp closing ceremony.
“She really enjoyed ALL of the hands-on science activities. You should have seen how excited she was when explaining all she learnt about building generators, programming, developing mobile apps, building wind mill and so on. The camp completely changed her perspective about engineering! Of course now she says she wants to be a Computer Engineer. Thank you for giving the scholarship.” – Favour Odukoya’s father.
“We especially loved the Mobile Application session. It is one of the best part of this year’s curriculum, the girls loved it so much that they sometimes forgot to go for break. They got busy-thinking, connecting and creating. The session encouraged higher level thinking skills.” – Tolulope Owajoba – WAAW program director