MCC Partnership Brings ‘2018 Women in Science’ Camp to Tbilisi, Georgia

From August 12-25, 100 girls from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and the United States will attend a camp in Tbilisi, Georgia to build skills in leadership and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). MCC is partnering with the UN Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, the U.S. Department of State, Google, Microsoft and Intel to sponsor the Women in Science (WiSci) camp.

MCC’s $140 million compact with Georgia seeks to increase the earning potential of Georgians through improvements in the quality of education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, including efforts to increase women’s participation in STEM professions. Internationally, there is a strong gender imbalance in the STEM fields. The WiSci Camp aims to bridge the gender gap through access to education, mentorship opportunities and leadership training.

What will the girls learn?

Sonia Shahrigian, MCC Deputy Resident Country Director for Georgia, explains that the girls will explore new technologies, use sophisticated lab equipment, program robots and learn to code websites. The curriculum offers girls opportunities they would not otherwise have and encourages them to pursue higher education in STEM fields.

Sonia Shahrigian, MCC Deputy Resident Country Director for Georgia.

Private sector partners and Georgian college students deliver a modern curriculum

MCC has partnered with Microsoft, Google and Intel to develop a modern, engaging, STEAM-focused curriculum for the students. As MCC’s Jenner Edelman explains, the Georgia Compact seeks to increase the earning potential of Georgians through improvements in the quality of STEM education, including efforts to increase women’s participation in STEM professions.

Jenner Edelman, MCC Resident Country Director for Georgia.

Part of MCC’s Georgia investment supported an innovative partnership with San Diego State University-Georgia (SDSU-Georgia) to deliver U.S. bachelor’s degrees in subjects like chemistry and computer engineering in Georgia. Seven women from the SDSU-Georgia program are working as counselors during WiSci, where they’ll be sharing their experience in the STEM field and helping to guide camper activities.

MCC’s Daily Journal from WiSci Camp

Day 1 – August 12 New

What better day to kick of WiSci Camp than on International Youth Day! MCC was excited to join Girl Up in welcoming 100 high school girls from the United States, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan to the 2018 WiSci STEAM Camp in Tbilisi, Georgia.

WiSci Camp Counselor Sopo Gvenetadze

WiSci Camp Counselor Mariam Khvichia

WiSci Camp Counselor Nino Nikolaishvili

Related Country Programs

  • Georgia Compact II

    The Georgia II Compact seeks to improve the quality of education in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and increase the earning potential of Georgians.