Please review current & past program announcements below.

Current Announcements

Volunteers Needed – 2021 Virtual STEM Exploration Camp

Volunteers are needed for our 2021 STEM Exploration Camp. Click the button below to sign-up based on your availability. There is a volunteer orientation on June 26 at 11:00am PST via Zoom. This event will provide an overview of our team, our program, the camp agenda, and opportunity to ask questions. This Zoom meeting will be recorded.

Note: See below for camp description and theme.

2021 Virtual STEM Exploration Camp

  • Date: Monday, July 12 – Saturday, July 17, 2021
  • Hours: 9:00am – 12:00pm PST (hours subject to minor changes)
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom
  • Theme: Building a DREAM through STEAM!
  • Description: As the world adapts to the global pandemic, robotics and automation will be the “new normal.” The World Economic Forum (WEF) shared a recent report that “a new generation of smart machines, fueled by rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, could potentially replace a large proportion of existing human jobs.” WEF stated “automation will replace about 85 million jobs by 2025,… and… the future tech-driven economy will create 97 million new jobs,” (Forbes.com).
  • Participants will engage in activities that explore each pillar of STEAM using fun robots as an autonomous (self-driving) vehicle. Students are engaged in problem-based learning and critical thinking as they learn how to control their small vehicle with coding and problem-solving while they apply new concepts to solve real-world problems. As an integrated STEAM camp, the lessons include the application of math, NGSS science, arts and ELA embedded in technology and engineering. Coding with robots introduces critical thinking, problem solving, the scientific method, algorithms, and more! Girls will continue to practice Self-eSTEM’s 21st century skills and principles by presenting their work to peers and community partners. There will be fun, interactive games and art activities.
  • By the end of camp, the participants will achieve the following learning objectives:
    • Increase knowledge and awareness of the scientific method, engineering design cycle, autonomous cars, and robots
    • Gain hands-on experience in how robots are assembled, controlled, and programmed.
    • Improve their tech and math skills through the application of Computer Science principles by creating and coding their very own robots
    • Strengthen their social-emotional skills to build confidence, collaborate with others, and drive make better decision-making

Self-eSTEM Partnering with Scientific Adventure for Girls

Join Scientific Adventures, Lawrence Hall of Science, and Self-eSTEM on May 27, 2021 for a FREE virtual hour of natural science fun and family entertainment! Together we will celebrate the Earth and learn from its wonders! Please RSVP below by May 21, 2021.


StreetCode Classes

StreetCode is offering a variety of FREE virtual classes! Registration is now open and closes on June 3, 2021.


Introduction to Transportation Planning and Engineering Recap – May 2021

Our #Innovators had a great time learning at the Introduction to Transportation Planning and Engineering Workshop! Thank you to Fehr & Peers for partnering with us in order to help our participants explore the STEM concepts in the area of transportation planning and engineering, and leverage their STEM skills to redesign the street of Lakeshore Avenue using Street Mix. See samples of their designs below.

Past Announcements

Spring 2021 – Conversations in STEM Events

Join us for our Conversations in STEM events below. Self-eSTEM parents, check your emails for calendar invites.

Saturday, March 27th from 11:00am to 12:30pm PST

Saturday, March 13th from 10:00am to 11:30am PST


Now Accepting 2021 Early STEM Immersion Program Applications!

Application deadline is Saturday, January 30 at 6pm PST.

Applications open to young girls ages 7 – 17 (and high school seniors).


STEM Equity & Racial Justice Pledge

Extended until Saturday, February 6th

“Fighting racial and gender injustices is a multi-faceted approach, and our fight is within the STEM industry.” – Adamaka Ajaelo, Founding Executive Director

Our pledge is a direct response to our nation’s racial and gender challenges, reflecting a direct approach towards dismantling the systemic inequality and racism within our STEM education and career pathway spaces. 

Self-eSTEM is seeking a minimum 10 organizations/groups to pledge at least 10% (a minimum of $25,000) of our overall goal of $250,000.

COVID-19 has affected our organization’s funding sources as our annual fundraiser was postponed until next year (2021) due to shelter in place requirements. Funding will be used to to expand the locations of our existing Early STEM Immersion Program (ages 7-17) and to launch our School-2-Career Program (ages 18-25) focused on retention of the STEM talent pipeline.

To connect with our Executive Director (Adamaka) regarding opportunities to connect with a foundation, a company’s corporate social responsibility team, or employee resource group, email Adamaka (aajaelo@selfestem.org).

2020 Virtual Cocktails for a Cause Fundraiser

Being back in lockdown got you bummed? Well, it’s time to raise those spirits…and a glass to a great cause! 

Join us for a virtual cocktail making class where we will go over the basics and unpack the STEM behind a fabulous Old Fashioned. 

Suggested minimum donation for the event is $10 and will benefit the continued efforts of Self-eSTEM to build inclusive STEM pathways for young women & girls.   

The lesson, led by phenomenal former bartender extraordinaire Patty Dingle, will cover both how to make this classic cocktail AND how to get creative with the random ingredients in your kitchen to wow your bubble this holiday season.  

If you would like to make-along an Old Fashioned with Patty during the lesson, we recommended getting these ingredients in advance:

  • Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye
  • Simple Syrup or Sugar
  • Bitters 
  • Orange

Unable to obtain the ingredients? DO NOT WORRY…pull out what you have and we will show you how to make a great drink!

A Zoom meeting invite will be sent 1 day prior to the event, so please be on the lookout for details for joining the Zoom call.  The email subject will contain “{Self-eSTEM} Cocktails for a Cause Fundraiser”. 

Contact us at info@selfestem.org if you have any questions. 

We look forward to seeing you! Cheers.

Please make sure you provide your email when donating to receive the Zoom calendar invite.


STEM Power Hour – Last Fall 2020 Session

Below is the video for the last session for our Fall 2020 STEM Power Hour. Please watch the video and complete the science experiment before Saturday, 12/19. We look forward to our discussion.


STEM Spotlight

Siara Edmond (11th Grade) scored a perfect 5 on her AP Calculus Exam this past semester during her 10th grade year. Siara plays the clarinet, alto saxophone and trumpet in her high school band. She has been in the Self-eSTEM program since our first program year in 2015. Siara led our initial FIRST Tech Challenge advanced robotics team, solidifying Self-eSTEM in the history books as the first all-girls team of underrepresented minorities to compete in FIRST’s Northern California Qualifier competition.

Sara Topete (8th Grade) received the Highest Academic Grade award of her 7th grade class – and has been selected for a leadership role for her current class. Sarah enjoys drawing and knitting, and has taken Artificial Intelligence training workshops. She was a team lead of Self-eSTEM’s first Lego League Robotics team, helping her team receive to make history as the first all-girls team of underrepresented minorities to compete in FIRST’s Northern California Qualifier competition, and receive the Judge’s award.


Special Thank You to Juan Toscano-Anderson from the Golden State Warriors!

Self-eSTEM thanks Juan Toscano-Anderson (Bay Area native) from the Golden State Warriors for his generosity of donating 5 tablets to our girls & thank you to Amazon for supplying the tablets as well.

We look forward to future partnership opportunities.



STEM POWER HOUR

Our youth had a great time during our first three sessions of our Fall 2020 STEM Power Hour!

Big e-SWOOSH below for the young ladies! They put on their “scientist hats” to explore the release of gas from a chemical reaction and freezing point depression to make milkshakes!

They look forward to the remaining fall sessions!

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


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.

RSVP – HERE.


#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 www.selfestem.org/covid19 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).

RSVP – HERE.


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 Bonding Over Brunch

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