W.TEC Wraps 16th Edition of She Creates Camp in Lagos
Press Release, Monday August 21, 2023
The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre – W.TEC recently held the 16th edition of the She Creates Camp, a STEAM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) tagged from August 6 – 19 in Lagos, Nigeria. The camp concluded with a graduation ceremony on Saturday, August 19th, 2023.
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 residential camp, 24 girls participated in technology workshops on Artificial Intelligence, Electronics, Software Innovation, Hands-on Projects, Team building, Career-talk sessions, Excursions, Entrepreneurial Skills, and numerous co-curricular activities (including Financial Literacy, Arts & Crafts, Self-Defense, Public Speaking, Gender & Leadership, Emotional Intelligence).
The girls also participated in career talk sessions, team-building exercises, and excursions to CUMMINS West Africa and Microsoft ADC – Lagos. 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, AIICO Insurance, QVT Media and numerous individual donors. Our camp supporters were CUMMINS West Africa and Microsoft ADC – Lagos while our media supporters for publicity, were: Bella Naija, NAN, TVC, NTA, Channels TV, Women’s Radio 97.3 FM and The Nation Newspapers.
Laureates College supported the camp by providing the venue for the camp.
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.
The camp participants for their excursion were privileged to visit Microsoft ADC – Lagos where they they had a first-hand experience on the work experience at a leading multinational ICT corporation and all what the Africa Development Centre of West Africa is set out to do in developing the capacity in the West African tech space.
Distinguished speakers and facilitators at the She Creates Camp include:
Bisola Elias of AIICO Insurance, Bose Ironsi of WRAPH Nigeria, Yejide Aina of the Illuminator’s Academy, Preye Egbolibe of Hugs and Roses, Olaoluwa Oluitan, Damilola Omosuyi of BellaNaija, Omonor Somolu, Seke Somolu, Eunice Akhigbe of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Adora Nwodo of Microsoft, Adetula Temitope of Afripoint, Tinuade Oguntuyi of Information Connectivity Solutions Limited, Ibukun Olaseile of Obaitor – NOMBA, Adetula Temitope of Afripoint Intergrated, Oluchi Benedict of Laureates College, Master Musa, Folashade Braimoh of W.TEC, Lesley Tarabina of W.TEC and Moses Oghene of W.TEC.
In addition, several She Creates Camp alumnae organised and facilitated sessions. These included: Monsurat Oshinfisan of W.TEC, Oluwanifesimi Oso of W.TEC, Arafah Ogunfemi and Precious Ogunbiyi.
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 19th, 2023. Prizes were given to participants for both group efforts and individual projects, in categories representing, each technical session:
Automated hand washing devices, smart-light devices, mobile apps design and up-cycled art crafts.
In addition, character awards were given to participants, who distinguished themselves in their interpersonal skills with fellow participants, in the following categories: Miss Purposeful, Miss Capable, Miss Blossom, Miss Humor, Miss Congeniality, Miss Courage, Miss Leader and Miss Prim & Proper.
Overall Winner’s Prize – Miss W.TEC: Best Overall Camper (Academics + Team Work + Behaviour)
The Overall Winner’s Prize, went to Miss Tamilore – Paul Taiwo, for her steadfastness throughout the camp.
The Miss W.TEC 2023 prize, comes with a high-profile technological mentorship with W.TEC
CAMP MEDIA GALLERY
1.Camp Photo Album You can have a good look at the camp in picturesfrom our online PHOTO ALBUM:
3. Press Coverage of the camp:
- The NAN: https://nannews.ng/2023/08/20/w-tec-trains-secondary-school-girls-on-artificial-intelligence-2/
- Nairaland: https://www.nairaland.com/7809874/w.tec-trains-secondary-school-girls
- The Pulse news: https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/ngo-trains-lagos-secondary-schools-girls-on-artificial-intelligence/ykg5r6p
- Voice of Nigeria: https://von.gov.ng/ai-women-technology-empowerment-centre-trains-secondary-school-girls/
- The Nation Newspapers
- TVC News: https://youtu.be/t_tLsLKaV1E
- NTA News – https://youtu.be/vNOcwqTmN0s
- Channels TV – https://youtu.be/zuG4er-wbYs?si=eVZ6Ja31T0J45vv0
Pre-Camp Media Coverge
- Publicity by BellaNaija
Publicity Courtesy of QVT Media
- Vanguard Newspapers: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2023/08/she-creates-2023-camp-uba-others-join-forces-to-empower-girls/
- Thisday Newspapers: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2023/07/30/she-creates-2023-camp-open-for-participation
- The Telegraph https://newtelegraphng.com/centre-begins-summer-camping-for-young-steam-students-august-6/
- The Nation Newspapers https://thenationonlineng.net/she-creates-2023-camp-opens-for-13-to-17-year-old-girls/