Please review current & past program announcements below.

Current Announcements

Facebook’s Conversations in STEM Career Event

Join us Thursday, August 13 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm PST for our virtual entertaining, educational and interactive “Conversations in STEM” career event. The focus of the event is to encourage young girls to consider careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)! 

Thank you to Facebook’s Black Woman@ Resource Group and panelist for bringing this event together.

See RSVP button below.

RSVP deadline is August 11.

2020 Virtual STEM Exploration Camp

Below reflects key information for parents/youth and volunteers that are attending the STEM Exploration Camp during July 13 to July 18. Camp agenda and orientation details we already emailed to the information provided in the application.

Camp starts 10:00am pacific standard time.

Post-Camp Survey For Campers Only

All youth that attended the camp should complete the post-camp survey before July 28.

This post camp survey is for parents only.

This post camp survey is for volunteers only.

These are resources for volunteers to get familiar with our VR Platform activity on July 15-17.

This submission form is to help document innovative ideas that were captured during the camp hours. Instructions will be provided during the camp days of July 13 to July 18.

Our Letter of Hope & Action

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

– Adamaka Ajaelo

Past Announcements

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.

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).

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.

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

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Inspire tomorrow’s leaders today!

Our annual STEM Exploration Camp is fast approaching, and we need volunteers to serve as classroom facilitators and mentors to help campers complete camp project activities.

The camp is online from July 13 until July 18, 2020, from 10:00am – 1:00pm PST.

Instructions will be provided to volunteers prior to camp start date. Volunteers will receive an information session via Zoom no later than June 26. See camp details below.

Click the volunteer interest form below by June 26.

Facebook’s – “How to recognize and combat cyber bullying” Workshop

Join us Saturday, May 30th from 10:30am – 11:30am for our virtual workshop exploring “how to recognize and combat cyber bullying.” Thank you to Facebook’s Woman of AR/VR Education committee and presenters for bringing this event together.

Parents are encouraged to attend.
All attendees will be entered into a raffle for a $25 Target Gift Card.

RSVP form and links to cyber bullying resources are below.

RSVP deadline is May 27th.

2020 Margarita Monday Mixology Lesson & Virtual Fundraiser!

Join us on Monday, May 4th at 6:00pm for a fun, interactive class led by former bartender and mixologist, Patty Dingle as she teaches you the art— or rather, science— of making this fantastic classic tequila-based cocktail. From ice-making to spicy infusions, this is one lesson you won’t want to miss.

Must be 21+ to attend.

Secure your spot in class now by clicking – HERE

2020 STEM Fitness & Wellness Session

Join us Saturday, May 2nd at 11am for a virtual fitness and wellness session with Oakland’s educator, Coach Max Langaard. Learn techniques on how to easily knock out a daily exercise routine and incorporate nutrition to help your overall health and wellness. The entire family is encouraged to attend.

Watch Coach Max’s Good Morning America interview – HERE.

Parents/Guardians, please check your email for event invitation.

2020 Environmental Science & Upcycling

Workshop Recap Recording – HERE

Join us online Saturday, April 25th from 10am-12pm for an introduction of Environmental Science and how we can “Upcycle” to help improve our impact on the environment. We will provide an overview of navigating online learning tools as well.


#DontRushChallenge & #STEMmodeChallenge

Tag! You’re It!

Similar to the #DontRushChallenge trending on social media platforms, Self-eSTEM is doing its own challenge, called #STEMmodeChallenge.

Upload a video of you, your child(ren) or your family transforming from doing something idle in your Self-eSTEM STEM Mode shirt (if you have it) to something STEM related in dressy/fancy attire.

Watch the video below and click the submission form – HERE by April 27th to participate.

#STEMmodeChallenge – Self-eSTEM’s Executive Director – Adamaka Ajaelo

A Letter from Our Executive Director & COVID19 Resources

Please read the community letter from our Executive Director below and visit for a list of resources.

2020 KPIX Channel 5 Black Renaissance Interview

Happy International Women’s Day!

Check out our international Executive Director Adamaka Ajaelo interview. Click the image below to watch!

Click the image above to view interview.

2020 Warriors STEAM Festival

Due to COVID19, this event has been cancelled.

Join Self-eSTEM at the Warriors STEAM Festival and celebrate Stephen Curry’s birthday! Self-eSTEM will have a robotics station on display so make sure you stop by our booth and take pictures! The Warriors have included FREE tickets to the Santa Cruz Warriors home game against the Austin Spurs.
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 1:30pm at Chase Center in San Francisco (game starts at 3:00pm).


2020 STEM Social Hour

Join Self-eSTEM’s team Friday, 2/28 @ 5pm for a night of networking, food and beverages. This event is for parents, volunteers and community partners. RSVP – HERE.

2020 Conversations In STEM – Sign-Up

Self-eSTEM is hosting our annual “Conversations in STEM” career event on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 9:00am – 4:00pm at Facebook’s Headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.

The focus of our event is encouraging young girls to consider and explore careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). They will have an opportunity to engage with female leaders from companies and organizations within the Bay Area.

Please read information on RSVP page for event details.

A few spaces are now available for parents/guardians to attend.

Click – HERE by March 5, 2020.

2020 Early STEM Immersion Program Application

The Intersectionality of Art & Tech! More than 50+ girls attended Self-eSTEM annual Bonding Over Brunch event to receive an introductory workshop to UX Design curated by Sharae Gibbs (CEO of She Designs – The Women of Color UX Design Course).

The girls had an amazing time learning from experts in the Tech & STEM industry and designed one thing they would change in their world leveraging the Whimsical software and MARVEL PROTOTYPING LIMITED POP App. Amazing new app ideas were created and we are continuing to work on them.

Thank you Self-eSTEM team, Nick Hoh, Vanvisa M., Laura Holder-Gibbs, Karen Trapenberg Frick, University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design volunteers, Facebook volunteers and community/corporate volunteers.

2020 Early STEM Immersion Program Application

We are now accepting applications for our 2020 Early STEM Immersion Programs! Our FREE programs are available for young girls ages 7-17.

Click – HERE by December 31, 2019.

#SelfeSTEM #STEMmode #STEM #GirlsinSTEM #WomeninSTEM

2019 Escape Room Adventure Recap

Puzzles, locks, and clues oh my!

We had a great time trying to beat the clocks in the immersive escape rooms using math, science, engineering, creative thinking and teamwork to solve riddles and puzzles to finish tasks!

#SelfeSTEM #STEMmode #STEM #GirlsinSTEM #WomeninSTEM

Support Self-eSTEM during the 2019 Giving Season!

Support Self-eSTEM for giving season by donating, shopping and engaging on social media! Help us continue our programming, and expand to serve more youth in the Bay Area!

Visit this #GivingTuesday, December 3rd. Your donation is 100% tax deductible. Like, share and post to show your support and spread the word!

Did you know you can give back to Self-eSTEM when you shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on Amazon? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support us every time you shop, at no cost to you all year long at!

Self-eSTEM – Hour of Code!

In partnership with Alameda County Office of Education, join Self-eSTEM for a special Hour of Code event celebrating Computer Science Education Week. The event is open to the entire family (including young males)!

Sign-up – HERE by December 6.

2019 Escape Room Adventure

Join Self-eSTEM for our Escape Room activity (an adventure game). We will leverage our system thinking skills to solve puzzles and other challenges to complete a mission and escape from a room.

Do you have what it takes….to escape!?

Sign-up – HERE by November 23rd.

2019-2020 Warrior Community Foundation Grant Recipient

Self-eSTEM has been selected as a 2019-2020 Warriors Community Foundation grant recipient! We look forward to our continued partnership of building the next generation of STEM innovators and entrepreneurs.

Please feel to share this flyer and announcement on your social media platforms and tag Self-eSTEM and the Warriors Community Foundation.

Afrotech 2019 x Blach Women in Tech Brunch Panel

We are proud of our Executive Director’s tireless effort to build an inclusive and diverse STEM workforce pipeline.

Carbon Fundraiser Donation

Thank you Carbon for the fundraiser donation! We look forward to our continued partnership of building the next generation of STEM innovators and entrepreneurs.

Please feel to share this flyer and announcement on your social media platforms and tag Self-eSTEM and the Carbon organization.

2019 Science Carnival 

Join us for family STEAM nights with Scientific Adventures as we explore various science activities. Food and refreshments will be served. See details below.

Deadline April 18th. Sign-up – HERE



2019 Bonding Over Brunch 

We were excited to have 60 girls attend our 2019 Bonding Over Brunch event on Saturday, 1/26 at @ UCBerkeley! The young women had an amazing time building and creating STEM affirmations for 2019!
Thank you UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design student volunteers for supporting our event.
Please post any event photos and tag Self-eSTEM or use the hashtags below. Selfestem #STEMmode #BondingOverBrunch
Check out our photos.

2019 Survey – Required

Please complete the following survey below by February 18th. Surveys help us improve our programs and secure funding from supporters.

2018 Robotics Close Out Celebration

2018 Robotics Close Out Celebration
Thank you @KaporCenter for sponsoring our Robotics Club Close Out Celebration. In partnership with @Fam1stFoundation, our participants continue to learn and receive exposure to coding/programming and engineering skills needed for the 21st century labor market!
#Selfestem #Coding #Programming #InvestingInTheFuture

2019 Bonding Over Brunch

Volunteer Sign-Up

The purpose of this session is to help girls build STEM confidence and revise limiting thoughts using affirmations!

Volunteers will assist our participants with creating their Self-eSTEM affirmations for 2019 Food and refreshments will be served.


2019 STEM Program Application

We are no longer accepting application for our 2019 Early STEM Immersion Programs. The application deadline was January 12, 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions


2018 Holiday Day of Service

 This is the last month of the year, and we are glad to partner with Kaiser Permanente’s KPAAPA employee group for a Holiday Day of Service. We ask you to join us to assemble hygiene kits and sort donated items for people in need this holiday season. An overview of STEM career roles at KP will also be provided. This event is open to girls 7-17s well as parents and guardians.

Date: Saturday, 12.15.2018

Time: 12pm-3pm

Location: 3190 Klose Way, Richmond, CA

(in the Em Downer Community Room)

Click here to sign-up by Monday, December 12, 2018. 

2018 Fall Robotics Program

Post-Robotics Survey

We are no longer taking applications for our 2018 Fall Robotics Program. Our robotics programs provide an opportunity for young girls to work in teams, learn to code, research a real-world problem, and are challenged to develop a solution.

2018 Robotics Program (2)

Pre-Robotics Survey – HERE


2018 Spring Robotics Program Closeout Celebration

May 4th was our closeout celebration for our spring session FIRST Lego League robotics program. Last year our ladies competed in the NorCal FLL competition and won the Judges Award. This year they competed against each other.

Congratulations to our winners, the Fresh Coders (Sara Topete, Jernell Holloway and Dajè Gammage-Finney).

2018 Family Financial Workshop

Join us for our family financial workshop, “Does Money Really Grow on Trees,” on how to think about and manage money. In this workshop co-hosted by Financial Advisor Jasper Smith, we will discuss saving, spending, and investing to help participants build a foundation of good financial habits BEFORE they get their first job or credit card! The workshop is Saturday, April 21th from 10:00am to 1:00pm at West Oakland Youth Center.

The workshop is open to girls 7-17 and parents/guardians.

To sign-up Youth or to Volunteer, Sign-Up Here.

See flyer below for details.

Sign-up deadline: Tuesday, April 14th.

Financial Workshop

In Honor of Women’s History Month

Wrapping up our Women in STEM Wednesday’s for Women’s History Month, we are featuring some of our Board Members, Adamaka Ajaelo, CaT Bobino, Shalonda Tillman, Gervetti Lockett,  and Josette Neal-De-Stanton. Check out the amazing women below, and don’t forget to follow us on!

In Honor of Women’s History Month

This week for our Women in STEM Wednesday’s, we have April Sandoval, Summer Lynn Bey, Michelle Teng and Ayori Selassie. Check out the amazing women below, and don’t forget to follow us on!

2018 Field Trip to UBER

Self-eSTEM will take a trip to UBER, March 28th, 2018, to learn about careers in Tech. If you are available to attend sign-up below. We will depart from the West Oakland BART station at 2pm SHARP!!!

There are only 25 spots available so sign up fast! The sign up deadline is NEXT TUESDAY, March 20th, 2018!

Sign-Up Form

Uber Trip

In Honor of Women’s History Month

This week for our Women in STEM Wednesday’s, we have Dr. Donna White Carey, Dr. Faiza Mohammed al-Kharafi, Dr. Jane X. Luu and Dr. Jacqueline Romero. Check out the amazing women below.

In Honor of Women’s History Month

Join us every Wednesday in March, as we celebrate the women that have contributed to advancements in science, technology, math, and engineering. This week we look at Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, Dr. Uma Chowdry, and Nicole Hernandez Hammer, MBA.


2018 Fundraiser - Cocktails for a Cause

2018 STEM Career Workshop

Join us for a STEM career workshop using an innovative “career” experience application. Focusing on the “what’s in it for me,” it combines career assessment, career information database and an online game for young people!



Post Educator/Facilitator Survey

2018 Feb - So Why Not STEM_

Winners of the Judges Awards in 2017 NorCal FIRST Lego League Competition!

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2018 Robotics Program

Post-Robotics Program Survey – HERE


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