On Wednesday, the 23rd of June 2021, the United State Consulate General and STEMi Makers Africa officially inaugurated STEM Innovation Clubs in Enugu state. This event was a first of its kind in the South Eastern region of Nigeria and was hosted in Solidbase Schools, Trans-Ekulu, Enugu where 8 Secondary Schools showcased 21 Engineering and Science Projects that address existing societal challenges.
The importance of STEM Education and application is currently increasing across West Africa as STEM opportunities are growing to meet the demands of the future. The event welcomed the Public Affairs Officer of the Consulate, Stephen Ibelli who declared the Innovation club open. He shared why STEM remains a critical focus point that contributes to the development of a country and why the United States is proud to support STEM Education in Nigeria. He said, “When you take out societal challenges,
you will experience Nigerian students excelling in STEM and increasing
competitiveness in the next decade”.
When you take out societal challenges, you will experience Nigerian students excelling in STEM and increasing competitiveness in the next decadeStephen Ibelli, The Public Affair Section Officer of the U.S Consulate General, Lagos.
STEM Projects during the Club launch and exhibition included, the Quadratic equation app, Automatic Heat Detector, Temperature Monitoring Device, AI Based Drone, 2-in-1 DIY Vacuum and Dry Cleaner, amongst many others.
Amanda Obidike, the Strategy Lead of STEMi Makers Africa shared that they are working closely with schools in under-developed communities to create the right learning and innovation environment for students to build process-based skills, brainstorm, develop and test a prototype, while drawing on the knowledge they have gleaned from Math, Science and STEM Courses.
“I am happy that the U.S Consulate General supports young scientists, engineers, mathematicians and their inventions. This unique visit is our call to action to reach other schools and students all over Enugu including the underserved communities. The time for these young ones to start manifesting their unique talents is now”.Barrister Tessy Igweani, the Proprietress of Solidbase Schools
Education Stakeholders present were Principals, Educators, Parents, the Public Affairs Department of the U.S Consulate and the Parents Teachers Association who had the opportunity to interact with budding scientists and technologists of the inspiration behind their innovation.