Kazakhstani Girls Travel to San Antonio, Texas to Participate in STEM Summer Camp

Two teenagers from the Republic of Kazakhstan will travel to San Antonio, Texas July 24-28 to take part in the Scobee Education Center, San Antonio College Girls Camp Challenger.  This exciting exchange initiative is funded by the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna to support new opportunities for girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.  The girls will participate in the weeklong camp focused on teaching STEM concepts, exposing school-aged girls to STEM careers, and giving them the opportunity to learn through hands-on exploration.

“We’re excited to have Maya and Aitolkyn join us at Girls Camp Challenger,” said Rick Varner, Director of Scobee Education Center, San Antonio College.  “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.”

Challenger Learning Center Missions bring Science to life, giving students in grades 4-12 the exciting opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to a real life scenario in our state-of-the-art simulated learning environment. (Photo: Scobee Education Center)


Maya, 16, and Aitolkyn, 15, will take part in all planned programming, including Ozobot and galaxy coding, LEGO robotics, planetarium shows and flying Lunar Quest, one of the Center’s simulated space-themed missions.

The week will conclude 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 program. They will be hosted by a local San Antonio family during their stay.

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