The STEM Belle
A two-week fully funded summer boot camp, brought together 60 high achieving girls and 15 STEM teachers from our impact schools for an intensive and exciting STEM focused on site camp.
The maiden edition of an 8-day fully – funded boot camp for high achieving students, STEM teachers and school counsellors. A total of 59 female students and 13 school teachers and one representative from the Oyo State Ministry of Education were hosted in Lagos – Nigeria between 17th to 25th August 2019, where they engaged hands-on STEM activities and competitions, STEM career session, professional teachers development training, STEM industry tours etc. All students were in groups and 11 STEM females volunteered to Chaperone the students and co-host the teachers.
To attract more girls to STEM by increasing the number of Junior High School girls who choose STEM subjects and retain them through to tertiary levels, thereby re-calibrating the female representation in STEM fields by 2030.
Participants arrived from their respective schools via a fully paid transport service. All 59 students and 13 educators arrived from:
(i) Baptist Nursery and Primary school, Bode Ijaiye – Abeokuta
(ii) Community High School Ido – Ibadan
(iii) Akufo High School – Ibadan.
They were warmly received by the Chaperones, their registration details were collected, boot camp packs were handed out and they were ushered to their boarding accommodation.
What made the STEM Belle boot camp special?
The STEM Belle boot camp was unique, because it is one of the first events to house senior primary and junior secondary school female students from underserved communities, to promote involvement in STEM fields. The strategies implemented were approached from the bottom top and was targeted at students in primary school and junior secondary school level as beneficiaries.
We're focused on getting more girls fit for the future of STEM
Expected Outcome and Impact
Attract. Retain. Advance