Millennium Challenge Corporation, Girl Up, Intel, Google, U.S. Department of State Launch Women in Science Camp in Tbilisi

For Immediate Release

August 14, 2018

TBILISI, Georgia, August 13, 2018 – The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), in partnership with Girl Up, Intel, Google, the U.S. Department of State, and the Millennium Challenge Account-Georgia, launched the Women in Science (WiSci) camp in Tbilisi. The camp, which runs through August 24, brings together 100 girls from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and the U.S. to build science, technology, engineering, arts, math (STEAM) and leadership skills.

Led by industry experts from Intel, Google, Microsoft, and the American Society for Microbiology, the WiSci Girls STEAM Camp focuses on the applications of science and technology in creating a safer, more prosperous and secure world. It is the result of a public-private partnership designed to expand STEAM exposure and opportunities for adolescent girls.

The WiSci Girls STEAM camp is part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to empower the next generation of female leaders, especially in the STEAM fields, supporting prosperity and stability across the globe. Promoting gender equality and supporting women’s economic empowerment is fundamental to achieving MCC’s mission of reducing poverty through economic growth. Empowering women leads to stronger economies, increases in household incomes and higher profits for businesses.

MCC officials are available for interview during and after the WiSci camp. Please contact press@MCC.gov to schedule an interview.

For updates on the WiSci STEAM Camp in Tbilisi, follow MCC on twitter at @MCCgov and the hashtags #WiSciGeorgia, and on Instagram at @MCCGovUS.

In addition to the camp, MCC is investing $140 million in Georgia to strengthen the quality of education in science, technology, engineering and math fields, including efforts to increase women’s participation. Through MCC’s grant, students from the U.S. also have the opportunity to study abroad in Georgia through a partnership with San Diego State University.

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The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an independent U.S. government agency working to reduce global poverty through economic growth. Created in 2004, MCC provides time-limited grants and assistance to low-income countries that meet rigorous standards for good governance, from fighting corruption to respecting democratic rights.  Learn more about MCC at www.mcc.gov.

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