Sep 14, 2017

Camp 2017: Double the Fun & Learning!

Students presenting their Greenfoot projects
Students presenting their Greenfoot projects

Dear friends,

Camp 2017 has come and gone!

Over a one month period, we welcomed 66 girls (ages 13 to 17 years) to 2 camps in Lagos and Ibadan, Oyo state. The 2017 W.TEC Girls Technology Camp was the 10th edition of the annual programme. And for the first time, W.TEC extended the initiative outside of Lagos state.

The W.TEC Girls Technology Camp seeks to inspire girls to develop technology rather than remain passive users. This year's edition was tagged “She Creates” in Ibadan and "She Builds Tech" in Lagos and saw the girls learning Mobile Application Development, Computer Games Design using Greenfoot, 3D Design and Printing, Robotics with LEGO Mindstorm, Blogging, Introductory Electronics, and Scratch programming. They also participated in a number of technology career talks by women breaking barriers with technology.

Highlights of the 2017 Camp include:

  • 2 Camps organised in Lagos state and Ibadan, Oyo state
  • 66 girls attended both camps
  • Over 110 projects created
  • 3 camp alumnae returned as assistant facilitators
  • Excursions to General Electric, AccelerateTV and Access Bank

Another first was the launch of a technology camp for primary school children (5 to 10 years old). Buoyed by the success from our first afterschool technology club in a primary school, we were encouraged to extend the technology learning experience to a younger population.

According to the girls, the camp was:

  • Eye-opening
  • Changed their perceptions about careers in technology
  • Rigorous
  • Hard work
  • Fun!!!!!!!!

From the looks of it, we will have more young women deciding to pursue a technology-related career. Next year, we plan on extending the camp to even more Nigerian cities and affect more girls.

 

WHAT NEXT?

Please continue to support our work, as we plan towards next year's editions.

In the meantime, W.TEC's work continues with our afterschool clubs and other programmes for girls and women.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

See more photos of the camps online: Lagos photos, Ibadan photos, Kids Camp

View videos from the camps: https://www.youtube.com/user/watchwtec

Follow W.TEC on Instagram and Twitter

 

ABOUT W.TEC & THE GIRLS TECHNOLOGY CAMP:

The W.TEC Girls Technology Camp is an initiative designed to help Nigerian secondary schoolgirls develop an early interest in computer science, information technology and related careers. The W.TEC Camp helps to intervene early, combat stereotypes and tackle the digital gender divide. We teach girls to create digital content, create software and develop skills that use information and communication technologies. Our two-week immersion programme empowers girls to contribute meaningfully to the digital economy and improve their economic opportunities.

The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is a Nigerian nonprofit organisation set-up to encourage more girls to pursue technology careers and support women (entrepreneurs and in civil society) to use technology confidently to increase their economic power and ability to speak about issues affecting their lives.

Girls and instructor printing out their 3D designs
Girls and instructor printing out their 3D designs
Girl demonstrating her project on graduation day
Girl demonstrating her project on graduation day
Mobile application development session
Mobile application development session
Presentation of prizes for best project at GE
Presentation of prizes for best project at GE

Links:

Jun 19, 2017

Camp 2017 is almost here!!

2017 Girls in ICT Day Celebration
2017 Girls in ICT Day Celebration

Dear friends,

The 2017 W.TEC Girls Technology Camp is almost here.There are several exciting things to note about this year's camp. Firstly, this year marks the 10th consecutive year that the W.TEC Girls Technology Camp will take place. What started off as a pioneering technology programme for 15 girls has seen hundreds of girls graduate from the programme and inspired to consider technology-related careers. Secondly, this year will also see the camp moving outside of Lagos for the first time.

The theme for this year's edition is ‘Girls Build Tech’ and will guide the girls to explore how technology can be used to solve significant problems in their communities. 

This year's curriculum will include the following classes and activities:

-       Introduction to Programming Concepts

-       Robotics Programming with LEGO Robotics Kit

-       Introduction to 3D Animation using Alice

-       3D Modeling Design & Printing

-       Virtual Reality Experience

-       Introduction to Programming with Java

-       Introduction to Programmable Integrated Circuits

-       Building a Prototype Microcontroller Control System

-       Basic Electronic and Circuits

-       Technology Career Talks

-       Excursions to Leading Technology Companies

-       Gender and Leadership Workshops

In addition to you and the other individual supporters who gave via GlobalGiving, this year's camp is also being supported by Google.org, Nokia (who also gave through GlobalGiving), Laureates College and Swift Networks.

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As we prepare for the camp, we have had other ongoing activities for girls. A recent one was the International Girls in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Day, which W.TEC celebrated with 110 girls in 5 public secondary schools:

     1. Government Girls Senior School, Ikoyi, Lagos

     2. Wahab Folawiyo Junior High School, Ikoyi, Lagos

     3. Girls’ Junior Grammar School, Keffi, Ikoyi, Lagos

     4. Isale- Eko Senior High School, Lagos Island, Lagos

     5. Ilado Community Junior High School, Ikoyi, Lagos

This celebration included Technology Career Talks, a hackathon and a mentorship session with a software developer, Chidinma Victoria Kalu.

The girls were excited to participate in the programme and selected feedback can be seen below:

Oluwaseun: The International Girls in ICT Day, organised by W.TEC, was a wonderful programme and I am really grateful to be chosen to represent my school.

Victoria: The Girls in ICT Day celebration was fun for me. At the competition, I was determined to come first [position], and excited also because I saw other schools that were there to compete with us. I am also greatful for the gift W.TEC gave me for performing well at the hackathon.

Funmilayo: The Girls in ICT Day celebration was fun and educative for me. I learnt a lot of things, like learning more about successful women in ICT and this has encouraged me to aim higher and go into the ICT field. Thank you W.TEC.

Some of the girls who participated in the Girls in ICT Day will be given scholarships to attend the upcoming Girls Technology Camp.

We are truly grateful for your continued support of our work and look forward to sharing stories from the camp in our next report.

If you know of any girls who would like to attend the camp, do share the links to the application form with them:

Lagos Camp

Ibadan Camp

 

Warm regards,

Ore Lesi

2017 Girls in ICT Day Celebration II
2017 Girls in ICT Day Celebration II
2017 Girls in ICT Day Celebration III
2017 Girls in ICT Day Celebration III
Mar 20, 2017

Gearing-up for the 2017 W.TEC Girls Technology Camp (March 2017 Report)

Camp alumnae exhibiting her project
Camp alumnae exhibiting her project

Dear friends,

2017 started off with a bang and the W.TEC team have been busy working on numerous projects - including our afterschool technology club for girls (the W.TEC Academy), entrepreneurship and technology programme for university students (SHE CAN WITH ICT), the Beyond Access project (which empowers librarians to use modern techniques and technology to better meet the information needs of their communities), and Safer Internet Day (where we partnered with Facebook on a fun day of learning about ways to stay safe online).

Preparations for the 2017 edition of the Girls Technology Camp is in full gear. We have been working with our partners and potential partners to make sure that this year's camps are exciting, engaging and impactful for the girls who attend. Specifically, we are:

  • Revising the curriculum
  • Identifying excursion venues
  • Starting the pre-camp publicity

This will be the first year we organise editions of the camp outside of Lagos and we can't wait to meet the girls whose lives will be changed from attending the camp.

Data collected from 2008 to 2015 camp alumnae in 2016 indicate that:

o   76% of the girls developed stronger technology skills and more confidence as a result of attending the W.TEC Camp

o   The camp helped to clarify their future career plans for 53.3% of the girls

o   36% of the camp alumna decided to pursue technology and computer science related degrees and careers as a direct result of attending the camp and the exposure to technology it afforded them

o   34.6% of the girls were equipped with technology skills that they were using to generate an income for themselves

Thanks to your incredible support, we have now raised $23,848 towards the camps. Any more funds that we raise will help us do more at the camps and offer scholarships to more girls.

With warm regards,

Ore Lesi

 

Below is a testimonial from one of the parents of our 2013 camp alumnae. She shared how, following her programme at the camp, her daughter built a website for her organisation and managed it on her behalf. We look forward to more such inspiring stories.

Testimonial from parent of camp alumnae
Testimonial from parent of camp alumnae
 
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