STEM Cafe Kenya Launch & Training
The STEM Cafe Kenya project launch took place at the U.S. Embassy on 20th March 2019. The launch was graced by Nicole Shitami; the Public Diplomacy Officer, U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya who encouraged the girls to pursue STEM careers. George Kamu; the American Spaces Country Director introduced the concept of the American Spaces in Kenya in Lamu, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu and Nairobi and the available resources that the participants could leverage during the training period and after the training. A panel session on Women in STEM kicked off the main program with members from Techwomen Kenya and Pwani Teknowgalz sharing their experience working in STEM and the opportunities available for women in STEM. The participants also had an opportunity to engage the women in STEM through questions.
Twenty six young women were trained on employable STEM skills such a website development, mobile data collection, digital marketing, SDGs, human centered design and scientific methods.
The three day training was completed with holding a roundtable with the Women in STEM leading each team. The participants had a opportunity to have one on one session with women in STEM to learn more about their work and shared with the team feedback about the training. On the final day of training the participants were issued certificates.