WAAW Foundation

WAAW Foundation Holding Its Second Robotics and Renewable STEM Camp for African Girls in Lagos, Nigeria

Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation is holding it's second high quality, exciting and technically challenging one week residential Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp for African Girls ages 13-17.

 

Wylie, TX -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/17/2014 -- Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation's camp will be held from July 28th to August 2nd at the Global International School Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria from July 28th to August 2nd, 2014. The theme of the 2014 camp is Robotics and Computer Programming and Renewable Energy for Africa.

"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", says Dr. Unoma Okorafor, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of WAAW Foundation organization. She stated that the camp will focus on using locally available materials to teach technology innovation to these girls.

The Program Director, Ms. Tolulope Owajoba said "The camp will use an integrated learning approach centered on the theme to show how robotics, computer science and programming are useful for solving significant problems in Africa, including electricity generation. The girls will learn to use locally available items and tools so that when camp is over, they will be able to continue to innovate with what they can find in their communities."

This camp is made possible with our recent partnership with Emerging Leaders in Technology (ELiTE) and the generous donations from Google Rise, Engineering Information Foundation (EIF), Africa Education Initiative (NEF), Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CCHub), Etisalat, IBM, Cocacola, Brunel Engineering, El Mansur Architects, Technova Africa,

The Robotics STEM camp, will include hands on activities, lectures, tutorials, experiments and field trips, all led and presented by female role models like Professor Peju Layiwola, renowned bronze caster and lecturer of Arts and Art History at University of Lagos and Ore Somolu, the Executive Director of Women Technology Empowering Center (WTEC), as an avenue to interest and excite the girls about STEM careers.

When asked about the criteria for qualification, the Executive Director of WAAW, Mrs. Ebele Agu states that "This camp is for African girls between the ages of 13 and 17 years who are currently enrolled in Senior Secondary School SS1 through SS3 within the African continent. We feel that this is the age where girls are making crucial decisions about their careers. This is when we can make a lasting impression on the girls and help them form peer networks that they can draw on throughout their careers".

The STEM Camp Program will include:
Students building a robot to solve green energy challenges such as trash sorting.
Students building renewable energy systems such as solar cars and Wind Mill systems.
Students exploring science, engineering and Math topics to support camp theme.
Students participating in intense team building exercises.

There will also be time for fun! The camp schedules a number of activities that include swimming, pizza parties, art classes, dance classes, career fair, wii playing and karaoke. Participants will experience dorm life, cafeteria food and learn what it is like to be on a college campus.

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, who otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn about or be exposed to possible STEM careers, and 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.

ABOUT WAAW FOUNDATION
WAAW Foundation is a U.S. based 501(c) Non Profit organization whose mission is to increase the pipeline of African women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related disciplines, and work to ensure that this talent is engaged in technology innovation to benefit Africa.

Our Vision:
-To train and engage women leaders who contribute to technology and economic growth in Africa.
-To become the premier international partner of choice within a global movement dedicated to ending poverty in Africa through female education.
-To be globally recognized for our unshakable commitment to the empowerment of African women.
-To contribute towards poverty eradication in African through Science and Technology research and innovation

Our Strategy:
To Empower African Women With A Strong Voice
Exposing, motivating and mentoring them in their pursuit of rewarding careers in science, engineering and technology related fields by: Educating and providing opportunities for education and promoting sustainable technology research and innovation activities for African Women.

Build STEM Communities that strengthen impact for African women by:
-Promoting avenues that will bring African women leaders and organizations from private industry, academia and governments to share ideas, collaborate, mentor and build and retain technology capacity in Africa.
-Building vibrant communities that engage girls with role models and mentors to ensure an ever increasing pipeline.