Play video image of girl blowing a chewing gum bubble

Learning and experiencing technology can be fun, as girls discover doing the bubble gum experiment at the IBM GIGAWOT camp.
 

Girl blowing a chewing gum bubble

Learning and experiencing technology can be fun, as girls discover doing the bubble gum experiment at the IBM GIGAWOT camp.

It’s not a contest, but one of IBM’s longest-running volunteer-led STEM camps for girls just celebrated its 17th annual edition—an occurrence that received television coverage by a news station in Dallas, Texas ( video courtesy of CBS DFW 11 News and cbsdfw.com).

Known as IBM GIGAWOT (Girls Inspired Greatly About the World of Technology), nearly 850 girls have attended the camp since 2002, which introduces them to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a positive and supportive environment.

In 2019, over 100 volunteers of IBM employees and retirees, along with student volunteers, helped manage and lead the week-long camp for 48 middle school girls in the Dallas area, which included activities in robotics and artificial intelligence.

“The camp could not be possible without IBM management support, and the tireless work and dedication of all the volunteers who contribute to the support, planning and execution of so many tasks,” says Jo Ann Hill, the camp co-director and volunteer coordinator.

Two IBM retirees—Jo Lynn Golden and Andrea Solka—join Ms. Hill in coordinating the overall program.

In addition to the many volunteers, this year's opening and closing ceremonies for the campers were marked by messages—which Ms. Hill described as “inspiring, energetic, and engaging”—delivered by Monique Collins, an IBM client advocate and Abby Hwang, an IBM business partner ecosystem representative.

As can be seen in the video , while an introduction to technology is the point, the campers appear to have had a lot of fun too—something the IBM volunteer team can be proud of as they start planning for next year.


Join the conversation. Tag your tweets with #IBMVolunteers, #AllThingsSTEM and follow us @IBMVolunteers.


About these stories

plant in a vase

Read about IBMers whose volunteer efforts are improving communities around the world.


Activity Kits

IBM’s volunteer Activity Kits include everything you need for a range of activities.