• High School/Grades 9-12

World Learning’s The Experiment Digital Leadership in STEM is a six-week virtual exchange program that empowers high school-aged participants in the U.S. and the Middle East and North Africa region to refine digital skills, explore career paths in STEM, and develop leadership competencies, while establishing cross-cultural connections. Participants explore the intersections of how they can develop their skills, give back to their communities, and pursue a fulfilling career. The final capstone combines participants’ individual and academic aspirations in a project plan pitch through which they apply their interests in STEM to address and improve local challenges.


Participants engage in weekly activities via Slack and Zoom focused on STEM career exploration, community and global challenges, leadership development, and peer-to-peer multicultural conversations. Extracurricular activities, such as virtual homestays, post-program workshops, and alumni reunion events, are offered to supplement learning and engage participants through collaborative hands-on activities and games. Participants complete a final project that identifies a challenge and proposes a solution expanding on their identified STEM interests.  

Program Details

Number of Participants


U.S. States and Territories Reached
  • All U.S. States and Territories
Countries and Territories Reached
    • Algeria
    • Bahrain
    • Egypt
    • Iraq
    • Jordan
    • Kuwait
    • Lebanon
    • Libya
    • Morocco
    • Palestinian Territories
    • Qatar
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Tunisia
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Yemen
Length of Exchange

Six weeks (four hours/week)

The Experiment Digital Leadership in STEM is implemented by World Learning and is supported by the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (JCSVEI). JCSVEI is a U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program administered by the Aspen Institute.