This year, the IBM EX.I.T.E Camp initiative took place in Faro, at the University of Algarve through Instituto Superior de Engenharia. From July 4th to July 8th 2016, 33 young girls from schools all over the city, were welcomed to the Campus, where they learned about technologies and engineering. And we also played a small role, by opening up the hackerspace doors and presenting some of our projects to them, explaining a bit about what hackerspaces are, the open source movements and of course, other stuff like 3D printing and CNC machining, among other things.
This initiative is developed by IBM since 1999 around the world and since 2005 in Portugal, with the objective of motivating young girls into the STEM areas (Sciences, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) through a series of different activities. The program is also achieving to change stereotypes, guiding these young women to share the same experience as boys do in the STEM areas, building up their self-confidence, captivating their interest in these subjects and motivating them to participate more and perhaps eventually following a career in technology.