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I LIKE STEM

ILIKESTEM4TZ is dedicated to empowering African girls to become impactful leaders, entrepreneurs and community change agents employing Science and Engineering Education and Technology Innovation. We invest in support programs that facilitate sustainable advancement among African girls by strengthening her capacity for economic self-help and community impact.

Our History

Fiona barretto, moved by passion, a personal aware- ness of the huge technological and digital divide between Africa and many developed nations, and the recognition that female education as well as technology innovation play a crucial role in economic development and poverty alleviation of any nation, founded Ilikestem4tz foundation.

Female Education along with Technology innovation are two key components for economic growth and poverty alleviation.

OUR MISSION
To increase the pipeline of African women entering into Science and Technology fields and ensure they are engaged in Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship to benefit Africa.

The overarching goal of the STEM Cell Outreach program is to bridge the secondary school-to-college continuum for Science Technology Engineering, Math (STEM) in Africa. College students are placed in second- ary schools to act as role models, content experts and mentors to demonstrate STEM in practical ways. The Outreach program seeks to establish a STEM outreach cell in Universities across Africa to perform outreach and mentoring within their local communities.
The key objectives are to mitigate a lack of STEM sec- ondary teachers, improve teacher effectiveness, demon- strate cutting-edge research in fellow’s own field of study, and illustrate the practical relevance of STEM learning insolving real world problem. Fellows develop an avoca- tion to contribute to STEM secondary learning, leader- ship, mentoring and effective pedagogy methods.

Our Vision
To empower African women to become impactful leaders and technology innovators through STEM education
Our Core Values:

The Power of Women.
Education, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.  Impact and Giving Back. Localization and Cultural Sensitivity.

What Makes ilikestem4tz Unique?

Core team of African women founders with expertise, experience and passion.
Trust based on financial transparency and prudence. Proven programs that work and prototypes that are replicable.
Sustainable model of local engagement with extensive network of African girls engaged in on-going activities not episodic events.
Community impact.

College Scholarship
Our annual Scholarship provides $500 to need based African college girls. Recipients are female students of African origin, enrolled in undergraduate full time STEM based degree program that demonstrate verifiable finan- cial need, and maintain excellent academic record.
Scholars become Stem4tzFellows who in turn give back to their respective communities either by launching a STEM outreach cell or organizing outreach initiatives geared at mentoring younger girls.
Fellows also receive mentoring and career counseling. By hosting an interactive online social network forum, we encourage recipients to form peer networks that provide professional support past their college endeavors.

Computer Science and Technology Camps
Our Robotics and Technology girls’ summer camp uses an integrated learning approach to inspire STEM discovery. Through a one week residential camp, girls are motivated to innovate using locally available materials. The camp in- cludes hands on activities, lectures, tutorials, experiments, mentoring, career counseling and field trips, led and presented by female role models in STEM fields. There is time for fun activities too!

ILIKEStem4tz  STEM camp was designed and launched in 2013 with the aim of attracting secondary girls into STEM fields at an early age when career decisions are formed. The objective is to ensure girls think of Science and Technology as tools to innovate to enable real problem solving in their communities. Peer networks are also formed. Our camps inspires girls’ interests in STEM by showing them real-world applications, and ex- posing them to fascinating technologies within their local content.
Participants are African girls (ages 13-17) who show high attitude and interest in STEM discipline, drawn mostly from government or public schools and fed by low income families.

College to secondary outreach mentoring
The overarching goal of the STEM Cell Outreach program is to bridge the secondary school-to-college continuum for Science Technology Engineering, Math (STEM) in Africa. College students are placed in second- ary schools to act as role models, content experts and mentors to demonstrate STEM in practical ways. The Outreach program seeks to establish a STEM outreach cell in Universities across Africa to perform outreach and mentoring within their local communities.
The key objectives are to mitigate a lack of STEM sec- ondary teachers, improve teacher effectiveness, demon- strate cutting-edge research in fellow’s own field of study, and illustrate the practical relevance of STEM learning

ILIKEStem4tz  organizes regional training of fel- lows where fellows come together for a one week residential summit and training. In addi- tion to intensive training in STEM content and technology innovation knowledge, mentoring, pedagogy skills and STEM curriculum development, fellows discuss the work their cell is doing so other cells can learn from them. ILIKESTEM aims to motivate, inspire and equip fellows with the skills they need to successfully inspire secondary students and recruit them into STEM careers.GOCAPP

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