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WAAW Foundation's Campaign on Indiegogo Seeking Funding for STEM Camp Initiative

Via: ReleaseWire

Updated 10:29 AM CDT, Tue, April 28,2015

The Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) foundation today announced the launch of a fundraising Indiegogo campaign for its 2015 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp for African girls.

Wylie, TX -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/28/2015 -- WAAW STEM camps are weeklong learning experiences in STEM that introduces African girls between the ages of 13 and 17 years who are currently enrolled in Senior Secondary School SS1 - SS3 to the fun of STEM through innovative hands-on learning challenges. WAAW program director, Tolulope Owajoba said, "Our camps target girls from Public/Government school or low income families who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn about or be exposed to possible STEM careers and learning in a fun, interactive and hands-on way."

Camp participants will have the opportunity to learn to build exciting robots on the NXT platform, build renewable energy systems such as solar and Wind Mill systems, learn basic computer science concepts and be introduced to programming using Arduino and raspberry pi platforms, playing with blockly program, participate in team building exercises etc.

Since 2013, WAAW foundation has provided high quality summer STEM camps to young secondary school girls in Nigeria, however, the organization is seeking your help to raise funds to run these camps. This year, the organization kicked off a fundraising campaign to highlight the expansion of its STEM camp efforts and raise money to organize two camps in Nigeria and Kenya in other to impact over 70 girls in these countries. The campaign launched will help create support for STEM education opportunities for African girls. Dr. Unoma Ndili Okorafor, the president and Chief Executive officer of WAAW said that "Our campaign goal is to raise $20,000 to support our 2015 STEM and Computer Science Residential camps holding both in Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya July 24th through August 7th 2015. These camp programs will develop African girls who will become the next generation of scientists and engineers, innovators and creators, critical thinkers and problem solvers and skilled users of technology and information."

During this campaign, WAAW is asking individuals to make their financial contribution of $20, $50, $100, $150, $200 to support the STEM camp programs. Any amount donated will be appreciated and one step closer to allowing WAAW provide continual science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) exposure to young girls in Africa. Funds from this campaign will go to support WAAW STEM camp program activities that provide girls with the opportunities to engage in hands-on STEM activities, explore STEM careers and be exposed to real-world application of STEM. The Vice President of WAAW Foundation, Mrs. Ebele Agu is urging the public to donate to this worthy cause, "no amount is too small since it will go thus far, every donation will go directly toward the realization of our 2015 STEM summer camps in Nigeria and Kenya".

For more information and to donate please visit the 2015 WAAW STEM camp campaign page here:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stem-education-for-young-girls-in-africa and make your generous donation.

About WAAW Foundation
WAAW Foundation launched a Summer STEM camp program in 2013 as a means of providing extra-curricular activities to grab the interests of young African girls at an early age when career decisions are formed and to support their increased participation in STEM focused activities. The goal of the camp is to expose young African girls to STEM education, stimulating a sense of engagement, exploration and empowerment while learning and having fun at the same. 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.

Learn more: http://waawfoundation.org/stem-camp/

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