Organization, from 09 to 20 August 2021 virtually, of the WiSci girls STEAM camp
The Girl Up Initiative of the United Nations Foundation, the United States Department of State, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Caterpillar, in close collaboration with the Moroccan Department of National Education, the Embassy of United States in Rabat and the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Agencies of Morocco and Côte d'Ivoire, are organizing, from 09 to 20 August 2021 virtually, the WiSci girls STEAM camp, better known as the WiSci Camp - Women in Science Camp.
On this occasion, a hundred high school students from Morocco, Côte d'Ivoire and the United States will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and experience mentorship opportunities from leaders at partner organizations.
Coming for the most part from the high schools beneficiaries of the “Secondary Education” project under the “Compact II” cooperation programme funded by MCC, and aged 15 to 18, Moroccan students, and their Ivorian and American counterparts, will take part in an intensive training programme in STEAM, punctuated by the organization of several practical workshops (coding, biology, mapping and satellite imagery, geospatial information, etc.) led by national and international experts mobilized by partner organizations, such as Intel, TE Connectivity or Caterpillar.
The objectives of this training program are to equip the recipient students with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue and succeed in scientific careers, to develop their leadership potential, enable them to explore the use of technology for beneficial purposes and to be in contact with the professional world, and to promote intercultural communication and understanding.
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s WiSci Camp will be held virtually through the means available to participating students, namely the tablets offered by TE Connectivity, tool kits and hardware provided by Intel and Internet connectivity provided by MCA Agencies of Morocco and Côte d'Ivoire.
The WiSci Camp is the result of a public-private partnership between leading players to reduce the gender gap that persists in STEAM. Since 2015, more than 800 girls from 20 countries have been successfully trained at WiSci Camps in Georgia, Estonia, Namibia, Malawi, Peru and Rwanda.
As a reminder, the WiSci Camp is part of the US government’s efforts to empower adolescent girls and promote innovation, technology, scientific leadership and training in STEAM, as well as the education of young girls.
About Girl Up
Girl Up is a global leadership development initiative, positioning girls to be leaders in the movement for gender equality. With resources in six languages and 4,500 Girl Up Clubs in more than 125 countries, we’ve trained 85,500 girls of all backgrounds to create tangible change for girls everywhere. Girl Up provides leadership training and gives girls the tools to become gender equality advocates and activists. Through our programs, girls broaden their social impact skill set, benefit from a platform to tell their stories, and apply STEM for social good. Our girl leaders create real policy change at local and national levels, help raise millions of dollars to support United Nations programs that reach hundreds of thousands of girls around the world and build community-based movements. Girl Up was founded by the United Nations Foundation in 2010 and continues to work across a global community of partners to achieve gender equality worldwide. Learn more at GirlUp.org.
About the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships
The U.S. Department of State’s mission is to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere. The Department’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) is the center of excellence for collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, the public and private sectors, and civil society. Launched in 2008 on the recommendation by the Advisory Committee for Transformational Diplomacy, S/GP builds and facilitates partnerships that leverage the creativity, innovation, and core business resources of partners for greater impact.
About the Millennium Challenge Corporation
The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an international development agency of the U.S. Government working to reduce global poverty through economic growth. Created in 2004, MCC provides time-limited grants and assistance to poor countries that meet rigorous standards for good governance and fighting corruption to respecting democratic rights.
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About TE Connectivity
TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 78,000 employees, including more than 7,000 engineers, working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat and Twitter.
About Caterpillar Foundation
Launched in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation was a natural extension of our employees’ values and culture. Along with our partners, we contribute our time and resources to promote the resilience, sustainability, and economic strength of communities around the world. Since our launch, we have invested more than $650 million in organizations and programs all geared towards building communities. As Caterpillar Inc. works to build a stable societal infrastructure, the Caterpillar Foundation focuses on building thriving communities by investing in the skills people need to join the modern workforce, and the natural and vital infrastructure that supports them.
For more information about the WiSci Girls STEAM Camp, visit: GirlUp.org/WiSci