Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Representatives from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) arrive in Tallinn this week to support the Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM Camp for Girls. WiSci is a public-private partnership between the Department of State, the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up initiative, Intel, Google, NASA, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the Tallinn City Government, Telia, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the NGO “Spirit of America,” as well as a host of local actors. Through hands-on activities carried out in a cross-cultural learning environment, 100 girls from Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Poland, and the United States will enhance STEAM skills and leadership potential, while building camaraderie and networks to propel them to new opportunities.
ASM has developed an innovative curriculum and will conduct sessions during WiSCi to expose the young women to the microbial sciences. NASA will also inspire the girls to pursue STEAM careers by introducing them to Earth Observation Data, remote sensing, and geographic information systems. WiSci participants will learn how satellite data can be used for better decision-making and to understand the Earth’s processes.
In addition to exploring other planets, NASA provides state-of-the-art, satellite-based Earth monitoring, imaging and mapping data, geospatial information, predictive models, and science applications to improve environmental decision-making among developing nations.
For more information on WiSci STEAM Camp for Girls, visit the WiSci STEAM Camps page on the Girl Up website or the Department of State’s WiSci page, follow #WiSci2019 and #WiSciEstonia on social media, or contact the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn.
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is the largest single life science society, composed of more than 30,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM’s mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences.
ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications and educational opportunities. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences.