The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) along with Microsoft, National Dong Hwa University, the Yuan T. Lee Foundation Science Education for All, and the Foundation of Scholarly Exchange (FSE) hosted the first Girls Tech Bootcamp from October 9 to October 11, 2020 at National Dong Hwa University.
The three-day intensive camp was the first of its kind that AIT has offered exclusively to high school female students. Participants included thirty high school girls from the east coast of Taiwan and thirty from other cities. During the first part of the camp, participants had the opportunity to engage with a State Department English Language Fellow alumnus and Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) to learn STEM English. The second part of learning was provided by Microsoft Minecraft instructors, alumni of U.S. State Department exchange programs, and the founder of Not Impossible Labs, a nonprofit organization that develops creative solutions to real-world problems.
(The Hualien ETA Program is jointly sponsored by the Department of Education, Hualien County Government, Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, Formosa Plastics & Wang Chang-Gung Charitable Trust Fund, and Taiwan Cement TCC.)