What is Qcamp?
WeTech is reaching the younger demographic through Qualcomm’s® innovative “Qcamp for Girls in STEM.”
2016 marked the third year for Qcamp, a two-week camp for middle school girls recruited from the San Diego and Vista Unified School Districts. Qcamp is held in Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab, a hands-on, kid-friendly makerspace for students that want to tinker and invent. The goal is long-term engagement with every girl, inviting them back yearly and reconnecting with them during the school year. Qcamp aims to engage with the girls until the girls reach college where, if Qcamp is successful, the girls select a STEM degree. As a partner of Qcamp, University of California at Berkeley is researching the long term outcomes of this program.
Qcamp curriculum focuses on STEM subjects with a strong emphasis on engineering while also giving the girls the opportunity to hear from Qualcomm employees through speakerships and personal interactions.
Qualcomm Program Bring STEM to San Diego Girls - Times of San Diego
Qcamp for Girls in STEM Grows Engineers of the Future - 3BL Media
"This camp is beyond cool. My daughter woke up every day excited to learn and experience all the fun things carefully planned each day. I remember being extremely intimidated by math and science when I was younger and it's so refreshing and encouraging to see these subjects being used in such creative and fun ways to get them excited about STEM. I am grateful for the forward thinkers who put this camp together to plant the STEM seeds in these girls and to give them the confidence and excitement with these subjects. We could not have asked for a better experience!"
"Hands down one of the best summer experiences for my daughter. I'm impressed by the level of commitment Qualcomm and the Thinkabit lab instructors gave to the girls. Thanks you for showing these young girls examples of strong female leadership."
"Qcamp for Girls in STEM completely changed my daughter's whole thought process about a future career path. Previously, a career in engineering was not even on her radar, but now a thrilling new world has been opened to her. The two weeks were, in her words, "mind blowing!" This pretty much summarizes her enthusiasm for sharing what she did every single day when she returned home."
Qcamp 2016 highlights, pre-6th grade
Qcamp 2016 highlights, pre-8th grade