The Clubes de Ciencia Bolivia team believes that part of the solution begins with channeling the curiosity and creativity of young Bolivians by stimulating their interest and passion in pursuing careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. To accomplish this, Clubes de Ciencia has created a series of workshops directed to high school and college students that aim to expose them to the scientific method and innovation in science.
Science Clubs are intensive, week-long, project-oriented workshops in a wide array of STEM fields. They are aimed at stimulating curiosity and creativity by developing practical scientific research skills. The program seeks to empower the future generation of scientists and innovators via mentorship with US based scientists and a locally-based instructors to a group of 400 local high school and/or college students. Participants who come from all over Bolivia learn about the conception of scientific ideas, design and execution of experiments and communication of results. Following our philosophy of “connected we can do better” this initiative has created a new and strong community of young scientists and entrepreneurs and has connected them with the world. For the first time, institutions like Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Facebook and Salesforce have set their eyes in Bolivia and have provided opportunities to the Bolivian youth.
The US Embassy in La Paz believes that knowledge and technology exchange is a strong agent of public diplomacy and has supported this program since its creation in 2015. We have not only provided the team with funds from Alumni grants, but have also provided strong mentorship and collaboration at every level. The program is run by Mohammed Mostajo, a former participant of the National Youth Science Camp program, in collaboration with other State Alumni including Fulbright and IVLP alumni. The group has grown strong and is now collaborating with the US Embassy and alumni in Asuncion, and since 2017 has expanded this program to Paraguay, showing that in fact, connected we can do better.