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“Conversations in STEM” Career Event

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Press Release: For Immediate Release

Free, Oakland-based STEM camp for girls launches with Makerspace, NASA Ames job shadowing, rap and more

Self-eSTEM creating opportunities for girls from underserved areas throughout the Bay Area

CaTameron Bobino, MA – Executive Board Member and Secretary
972-904-4195 |

Adamaka Ajaelo, MBA – Executive Director & Founder
510-927-5571 |

OAKLAND, CA – More than 100 girls from underserved Bay Area communities will attend a free Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Exploration Camp in Oakland on July 17-22.

The camp is offered by the nonprofit, Self-eSTEM, which was founded in 2014 by Oakland native, Adamaka Ajaelo to build passion, awareness and skills in STEM for girls ages 7-17. Through engaging, hands-on activities and field trips, organizers hope to inspire the girls to consider STEM careers while expanding their awareness of schools and careers available in their own backyards.

“The idea is to introduce the girls to STEM and bring these concepts together in a fun and interesting way,” says Oakland native and Self-eSTEM Executive Director & Founder Adamaka Ajaelo.

“Research shows that by middle school and high school age, many girls have tuned out careers in STEM, so it is important to expose them at an early age,” says Ajaelo. “By bringing STEM to life for the young girls, it helps them to think about careers in this field.”

Supported with funding from the Oakland Public Education Fund, with additional support from, the Adobe Grant Foundation and PG&E, the camp will include interactive workshops in robotics, engineering, scientific processes and Self-eSTEM’s own Makerspace. A few camp highlights will include:

  • “Engineering Day,” on Monday, July 17, led by architect Jeremiah Tolbert, CEO & Founder of Tolbert Design Architects and former President of American Institute of Architect (AIA).
  • Keenan Scott, a West Oakland Middle School teacher and the founder of CODEed Academy, will lead the girls in other workshops.
  • Camp partnerships will enable a field trip to Stanford University’s Design School on Tuesday, July 18, to redesign their school lunch experience using design thinking.
  • A field trip to NASA Ames will explore aerospace engineering and feature job shadowing on Wednesday, July 19.
  • A science rapping workshop will be led by YouTube sensation/Hillsborough middle school science teacher, Tom McFadden from 9 a.m.-noon on the last day of camp, Friday, July 22.

“For many of the girls it will be the first time to experience such places and they are very excited to go,” says Shalonda Tillman, Self-eSTEM’s Chief Operating Officer and an elementary school teacher in Oakland. “By building the confidence needed to master the hard and soft skills required of STEM leaders, there is no limit to what these young girls can accomplish.”

The camp’s home base is the West Oakland Middle School. Regular camp hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

To learn more about the organization or to get involved, visit


Self-eSTEM’s Executive Director & Founder, Adamaka Ajaelo, is being honored for her outstanding community service work of getting girls excited about STEM. See event details below and visit Take Wings Foundation website to purchase tickets.

Take Wings Foundation Flyer Banquet

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