Intel Helps Young Women Experience Tech in Women’s Equality Day

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Campers at the Women in Science Girls’ STEAM Camp learn the basics of Python coding to program drones. Girls in seventh, eighth and ninth grades take part in the camp at Oregon State University, Cascades campus in Bend, Oregon, from July 28 to Aug. 3, 2019. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)

Aug 27, 2019 – The U.S. On this Women’s Equality Day, imagine the reaction if you tell a group of 54 girls and Intel employee-mentors about robotics, drones, coding, artificial intelligence, and more.

“Thank you for teaching us!” camper Ana Maria Santos wrote.

“Thank you for making a forever imprint on my baby’s life,” Trysh Brintnall, mother of Campbell Brintnall, wrote.

Campers at the Women in Science Girls’ STEAM Camp learn
Campers at the Women in Science Girls’ STEAM Camp learn the basics of Python coding to program drones. Girls in seventh, eighth and ninth grades take part in the camp at Oregon State University, Cascades campus in Bend, Oregon, from July 28 to Aug. 3, 2019. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)

“Soraya had a tremendous time and came back very excited about learning Python…as a mom, I am very proud of her,” Loridee Wetzel wrote.

Such was the enthusiasm — from both students and parents— at the recent Women in Science Girls’ STEAM Camp in Bend, Oregon. (STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.)

Campers at the Women in Science Girls’ STEAM Camp learn
Campers at the Women in Science Girls’ STEAM Camp learn the principles of autonomous vehicles. Girls in seventh, eighth and ninth grades take part in the camp at Oregon State University, Cascades campus in Bend, Oregon, from July 28 to Aug. 3, 2019. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)

The camp for girls in grades 7-9 from underserved communities was the first of its kind in the U.S., following WiSci STEAM camps this summer in Estonia and Kosovo — and previous camps in the countries of Rwanda, Peru, Malawi and Georgia.

Campers at the Women in Science Girls’ STEAM Camp learn
Girls in seventh, eighth and ninth grades take part in the Women in Science Girls’ STEAM Camp at Oregon State University, Cascades campus in Bend, Oregon, from July 28 to Aug. 3, 2019. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)

In classrooms and labs at Oregon State University’s Cascades campus, the girls received hands-on experience writing Python code to control drones; learned to use sensors and other technology that supports robotics and autonomous vehicles; and broke into small groups to discuss how they could improve their lives.

With the help of volunteers from the Intel Employee Service Corp
With the help of volunteers from the Intel Employee Service Corps, campers at the Women in Science Girls’ STEAM Camp learn the principles of autonomous vehicles. Girls in seventh, eighth and ninth grades take part in the camp at Oregon State University, Cascades campus in Bend, Oregon, from July 28 to Aug. 3, 2019. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)

The WiSci camps are made possible through private-public partnerships among the Intel Foundation’s Intel Employee Service Corps (IESC) program, the U.S. Department of State and Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation. Since 2015, the camps have drawn more than 700 girls from more than 20 countries to build their confidence, leadership and technology skills.

For Intel, the Oregon camp was not a one-off. From achieving gender pay equity to closing the gap on hiring women, Intel aims to be a role model for workplace equality and inclusiveness. The mentorship and Intel Future Skills curriculum offered by IESC employees was part of a larger effort by Intel to encourage girls worldwide to pursue careers in technology-related fields.

“’One Intel’ is not a bumper sticker, it’s not a slogan, it is action that exemplifies how we bring Intel employees, resources and technology together to solve real world problems,” said Intel Foundation president Pia Wilson-Body.