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Lebanese Secondary School female students are invited to apply for this year’s TechGirls program. In summer 2017, approximately 28 teenage girls from select countries in the Middle East and North Africa will travel to the United States for a four-week, intensive exchange focused on promoting the high-level study of technology. Exchange activities include a technology camp with American peers, site visits in Washington, D.C. and Blacksburg, VA, leadership workshops, community service opportunities, a day of job shadowing, and a weekend homestay with American families. Participants will create action plans for community-based projects to implement upon their return to their home communities.
The substantive U.S.-based exchange for TechGirls participants will take place July 11 – August 3, 2017. The academic component of the exchange will be a weeklong technology camp on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic University (“Virginia Tech”) that will provide participants with an overview and examination of technology-related topics and engage them in in-depth, hands-on instruction in areas of specific interest. Through interactive activities, participants will work towards the development of a tangible product(s) that they may design together in small teams or individually, depending on participant interests and preferences. The camp will be complemented by additional activities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and Southwest Virginia, such as mentoring experiences, job shadowing, site visits to technology companies, community service activities, cultural and recreational activities, and a weekend homestay. The program will conclude with a visit to the State Department to allow participants to debrief State representatives on their exchange experiences and individual or team projects.
To apply for this program you must:
- Lebanese citizens, or long-term Palestinian resident in Lebanon
- Be Female, between the ages of 15 and 17;
- Have advanced skills and a serious interest in technology, engineering, and/or math in your academic studies;
- Intend to pursue higher education and/or careers in technology;
- Have strong English language skills;
- Exhibit maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness;
- Have at least one additional semester of secondary school upon your return to Lebanon; and
- Be willing to complete a follow-on project upon their return home.
Please fill out the Word document application form (145 KB) or PDF document application form (413 KB) as completely as possible – Application form and references should be typed. The information you feed in this application will provide the basis for selecting semi-finalists for this program. Answer the questions carefully and completely.
E-mail the application to BeirutPD@state.gov with the subject line “2017 TechGirls Program” by March 4, 2017.