Connect virtually with high school students across the U.S., Middle East, and North Africa! Develop your civic engagement, leadership, and intercultural communications skills while learning how to implement a service project in your local community.
Designed to connect hundreds of young people across the United States with peers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, such as Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Palestinian Territories, and Yemen, The Experiment Digital Leadership in STEM prepares participants to be more civically engaged and lead change. This fully funded six-week summer virtual experience teaches high school students to formulate and implement STEM projects in their local communities.
Students come away from the program with:
The Experiment Digital, a pioneer in virtual exchange programming, launched in 2016. Our programs draw upon best practices in experiential learning accumulated over decades of Experiment programming. Originally launched to connect Experimenters with students in countries to which travel and traditional programs were not possible, The Experiment Digital Leadership in STEM is now providing a critical outlet for global intercultural exchange.
Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a Certificate of Completion in Leadership in STEM, access to the U.S. Department of State’s International Alumni Network, unique project funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of State, and a $400 scholarship toward participation in one of The Experiment in International Living’s summer 2025 programs around the world.
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The Priority Admissions deadline is February 23, 2024, and the final Admissions deadline is May 13, 2024. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis after the priority admissions deadline, so students who submit applications by the February deadline will receive an earlier admissions decision.
Please join our upcoming information session with our staff and recent alumni about the program!
The Experiment Digital Leadership in STEM retains The Experiment’s longstanding model of experiential learning and emphasis on forming meaningful relationships and moves it into the virtual space. Using popular digital platforms for teens like Canvas, Padlet, Flipgrid, and Zoom, our virtual program model gives young people the opportunity to build international friendships online. Peer-to-peer engagement, combined with carefully designed activities, allows students to learn from one another and develop knowledge and attitudes that foster cultural understanding.
Virtual exchanges diversify the learning experience through accessible digital means, enabling an increasing number of young people to enjoy a meaningful intercultural experience as part of their education.
Experiential Learning Online
Safe and Intimate Small Group Spaces
Program for Youth Led by Youth
Robust Curriculum to Prepare Future Digital Citizens
Module 1: Know Yourself & Your Purpose
Module 2: Know the Job Market & Professional Workplace
Module 3: Know Your Education Options & Career Plan
You are eligible to apply if you:
*Internet support may be available upon request.
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The Experiment Digital Leadership in STEM is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute.
The Experiment Digital was a one-of-a-kind experience! It helped improve my leadership skills, critical thinking, confidence, and ability to express my thoughts.
FERIA, The Experiment Digital alum, Algeria
Djamila is a 2019 digital facilitator and master’s student from Algeria. Prior to serving as a facilitator, Djamila was a mentee in the Maharat Mentorship program with World Learning. She also serves as a communication manager for a community project that aims to help university students who live far from their homes during the school year to eat healthier and save more money.
“I believe that one thing I gained from being a part of the program is the people whom I had the chance to meet. In one way or another, they all left an impact on me. Some taught me lessons and gave me guidance; some inspired me and some I even learnt from their mistakes. By the end of the program, I found myself having a whole new group of friends from different countries and backgrounds with whom I am still in touch with today.”
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