Scobee Education Center Hosts Kazakhstani Girls' Visit
The Scobee Education Center has welcomed two teenage students from the Republic of Kazakhstan at its Girls Camp Challenger taking place during the last week in July. Through a partnership with Challenger Center and with funding from the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, the girls are participating in the weeklong camp focused on engaging and inspiring middle and early high school-aged girls, teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts, exposing them to STEM careers, and giving them the opportunity to learn through hands-on exploration. The girls' participation is managed by American Councils for International Education.
"We're excited to have Maya and Aitolkyn join us at Girls Camp Challenger," said Rick Varner, Director of Scobee Education Center. "We look forward to providing these girls with a special STEM experience and having them share more about their culture and education with the other campers. This will be an exciting week for all of the students."
Maya, 16, and Aitolkyn, 15, are taking part in all planned programming, including Ozobot coding, solar eclipse activities, LEGO robotics, planetarium shows and flying Lunar Quest, one of the Center's simulated space-themed missions.
"We have seen a lot of things in the last two days and we hope to learn even more in the next few days," said Maya. "I think we can learn many things that will help us in the future."
"We find the camp very interesting and we have seen things we have not seen before," said Aitolkyn. "And San Antonio is a very beautiful city. I like it very much."
The week concludes with a Girls STEM Summit on Friday, July 28, featuring women in the STEM industry sharing their knowledge and experiences. The summit will provide opportunities for Challenger girls to interact with professionals in STEM careers and investigate careers in engineering, physics, astronomy and geology.
Maya and Aitolkyn were competitively selected from a national application pool across Kazakhstan by American Councils for International Education to participate in the U.S. and Girls Camp Challenger. The two girls are hosted by a local San Antonio family during their stay.