IT 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.
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Click the link below to watch the awesome Scratch Animation Movie – One of the projects made by a camper from our 2013 STEM camp.
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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.
The 2013 Schedule is below (*Please note that this schedule is subject to change):
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.
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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 theme of the 2013 camp is ROBOTICS AND RENEWABLE ENERGY. 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.