Girls4STEM summer camp seeks to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) engagement with 12-year-old female students through diverse STEM related activities. The summer camp aims to eliminate gender disparity in STEM education and is aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), Targets 4.3 and 4.5. SDG 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The summer camp also serves to promote crucial 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. During the summer camp, the girls will work collaboratively in small groups under the guidance of STEM professional acting as mentors. In some activities the students are challenged to be creative and use critical thinking to solve problem-solving investigations. The students learn to communicate with their group colleagues through active listening and conveying their thoughts in diverse ways. The students also learn to present their work in a formal manner at the end of the summer camp.
Girls4STEM Summer Camp 2023
The summer camp was held during the last week of August 2023 at the University of Malta campus. Sixty-five students from state, church and independent schools attended this summer camp. During the week the students had several hands-on activities. The main topics students discussed and experimented were electromagnetism, coding, entrepreneurship and health. On one of the days the participants had a day at ESPLORA Interactive Science Centre and were involved in two work shops. Students had a problem-solving investigation at Wied Għollieqa and were given a short talk on Malta’s environment by Nature Trust officials. On the final day the students presented their work to their colleagues, education officials and their parents.