“Fighting racial and gender injustices is a multi-faceted approach, and my fight is within the STEM industry.”

– Adamaka Ajaelo


Our Vision

Self-eSTEM’s vision is to create a sustainable supply of underrepresented minority women leaders who are recognized as a viable source of top talent and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

We are changing the face and culture of STEM innovation!


Our Mission

Self-eSTEM builds the self-esteem of girls and young women from untapped communities, while providing interactive, culturally responsive STEM literacy, leadership, and technical training preparing them to thrive in ever-changing labor markets. Beyond the confines of traditional STEM roles and spaces that exist today, our organization focuses on building the skills, confidence, and resilience needed for our participants to adapt to the STEM workforce of the future.

We are building and diversifying the next generation of STEM innovators and entrepreneurs to disrupt the world!


Our Philosophy

We seek to eliminate the critical shortage gap of STEM professionals by building diverse, inclusive, equitable and sustainable workforce pipelines comprised of underrepresented minority women. By attracting, training, and retaining girls and young women from untapped communities, we create thriving learning environments where individuals have access to STEM educational and career pathways. Participants in our programs will develop the critical and systems thinking skills needed to meet the demands of the future workforce.

We leverage an integrated approach to provide support from early education to post-secondary education, and post-secondary to early career. Our learning approach and curriculum design incorporates Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS), but is distinctive from the traditional classroom learning style. We leverage design thinking principles to develop innovative curriculum that demystifies STEM concepts by making it applicable to participants’ interest or daily experiences, and allowing them to feel safe to learn.

Our program service offerings apply a holistic approach, focusing on building STEM literacy skills, self-esteem and resiliency for success in life and within the STEM workforce pipeline.

All of our program service offerings are FREE!


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2020 Virtual STEM Exploration Camp

Self-eSTEM is moving our STEM programming virtually and our annual STEM Exploration Camp will be online.

Please share the application link within your network. Non-California residents are eligible to apply.

Application deadline is Friday, June 12.

IMPORTANT: If you have already been accepted in the 2020 program (meaning you are already receiving the workshop invitations), you DO NOT need to complete another application below.

Every student receives a free VR kit and is entered into a $100 gift card raffle.

This FREE program open to young girls ages 7-17 (and high school seniors).

STEM Exploration Camp Details

Date: Monday, July 13 – Saturday, July 18, 2020

Hours: 10:00am – 1:00pm PST (hours subject to change)

Theme: Adapting to a Virtual World – #STEMmode

Project-based activity: Creating your own virtual reality (VR)

Camp Summary Description:
As the world is adjusting to a “new normal” during this 2020 Pandemic Crisis, our camp participants will design solutions addressing key issues and challenges within their lives and communities. Participants will leverage their STEM skills to tackle a real-world problem of reducing the spread of the COVID19 virus as it relates to transportation and school/social activities. Partnering with UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, participants explore the STEM concepts in the area of transportation and city planning, and will deep dive into autonomous cars with the help of Lyft’s autonomous cars team. Participants will leverage AR/VR technology to redesign their communities by building and coding within the Kai XR’s VR platform. Girls will practice 21st century skills presenting their work to peers and community partners. By the end of camp, the participants will achieve the following learning objectives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Strengthen STEM literacy skills by designing solutions addressing the challenges of COVID19
  • Increase knowledge and awareness of autonomous cars, and transportation/city planning
  • Improve their tech skills by creating and coding their very own VR adventures
  • Increase awareness and interest in STEM career pathways in city planning, autonomous/AI programming and AR/VR technology

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