Building the pipeline for girls in STEM through QCamp.
Qcamp™ is a free-of-charge, intensive summer STEM camp, designed to introduce and solidify middle school students’ interest in STEM fields. Qcamp launched in 2014 with 30 pre-sixth grade girls recruited from the San Diego Unified School District to participate in a two-week summer camp at Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™. Because our goal was long-term engagement with every girl, we invited all the Qcampers back yearly. All the girls who participated in 2014 returned in 2015 and 2016. Following the success that the first cohort had, in 2016 Qcamp expanded its reach and offered an additional two-week session for a new cohort of pre-sixth grade girls; a one-week, first-ever session for pre-sixth grade girls and boys; and a first-ever Qcamp for Girls in China. In 2017, we brought even more camp opportunities, with over 10 camp experiences in San Diego, China, and Northern Virginia.