W.TEC Holds the 15th Edition of She Creates Camp in Lagos
The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre – W.TEC recently held the 15th edition of the She Creates Camp, a STEAM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) tagged from August 7 – 20 in Lagos, Nigeria. The camp concluded with a graduation ceremony on Saturday, August 20th, 2022.
The She Creates Camp is a residential science & technology education and mentoring programme designed to teach girls in secondary schools (ages 13 – 17) to learn to create useful solutions and technologies for everyday living through the application of engineering and scientific concepts, programming, mobile application development, and digital content development.
For the two-week duration of the camp, 28 girls participated in technology workshops on Renewable Energy & Electronics Circuits(Building solar powered LED lamps and rechargeable batteries), Electronics & Digital Circuits Technologies, Mobile Apps Design using Thunkcable, UI/UX Design using Adobe XD and numerous co-curricular activities (including Financial Literacy, Arts & Crafts, Self-Defense, Public Speaking and Gender & Leadership).
The girls also participated in career talk sessions, team-building exercises, and excursions. The career sessions included panels on leading Women in innovative ICT and business.
The long-term goal of the camp is to increase the numbers of Nigerian women and girls working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Design, and Maths-related fields, as well as increase the numbers of girls and women using and creating technology for learning, professional, and leadership activities.
The sponsors of this year’s camp are Laureates College and numerous individual donors. Our camp supporters were Oracle Academy and Swift Networks Ltd while our media supporters for publicity, were: Bella Naija, NAN, TVC, Channels TV and The Independent Newspapers.
Swift Networks provided free, high-speed internet services for the duration of the camp while Laureates College supported the camp by providing the venue.
The camp participants for their excursion were privileged to visit Cummins West Africa Ltd.’s training centre and factory. At both stops, the girls learnt about the importance of having more contributions and participation in the tech space and were shown the finest organization of a factory and its best setup fit for anyone to work there safely and effectively.
Distinguished speakers and facilitators at the She Creates Camp include:
Oredola Kayode-Sawo, Master Musa, Yinka Akande of PENOP, Ommo Clark of iBez, Sefunmi Durojaye of Microsoft, Bekere Amassoma of Oracle, Adeyemi Odutola of W.TEC, Lesley Tarabina of W.TEC, Monsurat Oshinfisan of W.TEC, Moses Oghenero of W.TEC, Ayomide Omoniyi of W.TEC Olaoluwa Oluitan, Jeremiah Ikebunna of Danciia Fitness, Bose Ironsi of WRAPH Nigeria, Yejide Aina, Preye Egbolibe of Hugs and Roses, SheCreates Camp Alumnae:Benita Clement, Oluwanifesimi Oso Sofiyat Sadiq, Precious Ogunbiyi, and Jennifer Imochie.
On successful completion of the camp, the girls were invited and inducted to join W.TEC’s Alumnae Network, where they will be kept up to date with future W.TEC and other workshops to build-up their technical skills and network with other camp alumnae from 2008 to present.
Prizes were given out to distinguished camp participants at the camp’s graduation ceremony held on Saturday, August 20th, 2022. Prizes were given to participants for both group efforts and individual projects, in categories representing, each technical session:
Power banks charged with solar panels, smart lights, USB – LED light for laptops or the home and mobile apps design.
In addition, character awards were given to participants, who distinguished themselves in their interpersonal skills with fellow participants, in the following catergories: Purposeful, Capable, Blossom, Humor, Congeniality, Courage, Leadership and Prim & Proper.
Overall Winner’s Prize –Miss W.TEC: Best Overall (Academics + Team Work + Behaviour)
The Overall Winner’s Prize, went to Miss Joy Obi, for her steadfastness throughout the camp.
The Miss W.TEC 2022 prize, comes with a high-profile technological mentorship with W.TEC
Camp Photo Album
You can have a good look at the camp in pictures from our online photo album.
Press Coverage of the camp:
The NAN / Sun: https://t.co/SKlsp3GrjH