Updated Apr 23, 2019

She Creates STEM Camp for Girls

www.wtec.org.ng

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The She Creates STEM Camp is an annual 2-week intensive and immersive science and technology education and mentoring bootcamp designed to inspire secondary school female students 13 to 17 years to pursue related career opportunities.

The She Creates Camp provides a high quality and exciting environment where the girls learn to create useful technologies for everyday living through programming, electronics, renewable energy, mobile application development, data analytics, graphics designing, film-making and digital animation. The girls participate in career workshops led by women working in science and technology and visit i...
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The She Creates Camp provides a high quality and exciting environment where the girls learn to create useful technologies for everyday living through programming, electronics, renewable energy, mobile application development, data analytics, graphics designing, film-making and digital animation. The girls participate in career workshops led by women working in science and technology and visit innovative organisations using science and technology in exciting ways. Through a mix of hands-on classes, workshops, presentations, excursions and leadership exercises, we endeavour to build strong, intelligent and focused young women, well-prepared for living and working in an increasingly technology-driven world. The students go through a practical and engaging curriculum comprised of programming in Java or Python; Software Design Principles; Mobile Application Development; Digital Animation with Alice or Scratch, Computer Architecture and Networking; Basic Electronics; Robotics; Drone Technology; Renewable Energy; and Data Analytics.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Since 2008, we have grown this camp from 1 free annual camp for 15 girls in Lagos to 3 fee-based annual camps (with some scholarships) for 80 girls across Lagos and Anambra states. In 2019, we will launch an additional camp in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Registered in Nigeriain Nigeria

Focus Areas:

Youth, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity, Communications and Media and 3 MoreSEE ALL

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Implemented In:

Nigeria

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Country Implemented In
339
Customers
5
Employees
$111,680
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Globally, only 35% of girls enter further education in STEM subjects. In Nigeria, women make up just 22% of the total number of Science, Engineering and Technology university graduates each year. Data from the World Economic Forum shows that, across industries, many job roles will be significantly based on and enhanced by the use of technology. Without the technical and creative skills to work in and thrive in these industries, women will be shut-off from these important economic opportunities.

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Solution

Research shows that early-stage interventions - like the She Creates Camp - provide a good opportunity to get girls interested in STEM subjects. Through a mix of classes, workshops, presentations and excursions, the She Creates Camp teaches girls 13 to 17 years how to create useful technologies through science, programming, engineering, electronics, film-making and digital content creation. 24.14% of our alumnae surveyed are either studying or have completed a STEM degree.

Target Beneficiaries

The She Creates Camp will benefit 135 girls from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, between the ages of 13 and 17 years, who are enrolled in secondary (high) school. The typical beneficiary is interested in learning more about science and technology and exploring related career options, irrespective of whether she is currently studying predominantly arts or science classes in school. Girls from any part of Nigeria can attend the camps (in Lagos, Kwara and Anambra states).

Mission and Vision

The She Creates STEM Camp helps to intervene early, combat stereotypes and tackle the STEM gender divide. We teach girls to build technology, develop science, engineering and technology skills and prepare for related careers. Our two-week immersion programmes empower girls to contribute meaningfully to the digital economy, improve their economic opportunities and help the schoolgirls develop an early interest in science, technology, engineering and related careers.

Competitive Advantage

W.TEC is a residential programme focused on just girls, unlike other similar technology initiatives which are day camps and offered to both girls and boys. We believe this all-girl residential environment provides a safe environment conducive for an intensive but fun learning experience. Over the last decade, W.TEC as an organisation, has been increasingly recognised for our pioneering work making STEM more attractive for girls. 86.21% of our girl-alumnae surveyed, stated that participating in the W.TEC programme inspired them to pursue a STEM-related career path, while 57.47% of our alumnae surveyed are using the technology skills and knowledge from the W.TEC programme to generate income for themselves and their families. In addition, we receive alumnae each year return to volunteer as instructors.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We have expanded the number of cities in which the She Creates Camp takes place in from 1 to 3 in 2019. In the years beyond, we look to expand to 2-3 more cities and deepen our curriculum.
Funding Goal500,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted1,000

The Team Behind the Innovation

W.TEC’s management comprises of personnel with an average of 11.3 years working in the social sector. The age of the team ranges from mid 20s to mid 40s. They have designed high-quality programming for 27,000 girls and women – including camps, afterschool clubs and workshops. Experience includes STEM curriculum development and instruction, project monitoring and evaluation and project management.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN AND YOUTH

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Aug 2018
New Product Or Service
Launched a camp in Awka, Anambra State
Jul 2018
New Product Or Service
Launched a second camp for girls in Lagos.
Aug 2008
New Country Implemented In
Nigeria
Aug 2008
Created
Date Unknown

Supporting Materials

2018-She-Create-Camp-Report.pdf