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WiSci Girls STEAM Camp set for Malawi

From MAVHUTO BANDA in Lilongwe,
LILONGWE, (CAJ News) – MORE than 100 students from around the continent will, alongside colleagues from the United States, this weekend converge in Malawi for a public-private partnership designed to expand science,technology, engineering, arts, design and mathematics (STEAM) exposure and opportunities for adolescent girls.
The fortnight-long event will bring together students from the host country, Liberia, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and the United States under the aegis of the Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM Camp.
The WiSci Girls STEAM camp is part of the U.S. government’s efforts to empower adolescent girls, especially in the STEAM fields and to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.
It builds on the success of earlier editions held in Peru in 2016 and Rwanda in 2015.
Led by industry experts, WiSci 2017 focuses on the applications of science and technology in creating a safer, more prosperous, and secure world.
According to the UD Department of State, campers will learn about coding and app development, engineering and robotics, micro- and molecular biology, satellite mapping, and sustainable development.
They will have the opportunity to present project ideas and designs that use the skills and tools they gained to address a social or development challenge.
The camp will also provide the girls with leadership and communication skills, teamwork opportunities, cultural exchange, educational excursions,mentorship, and professional development and networks extending beyond the camp to continue participants’ engagement in STEAM fields.
The 2017 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp is led by founding partners the U.S.Department of State, United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, the Intel Corporation and sustaining partner Google.
The implementing partner for WiSci 2017 is World Learning.
CAJ News

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