Etisalat Nigeria, WAAW Foundation Reward School Girls for Innovation


 
 


L - R: Specialist, Products and Services Division, Etisalat Nigeria, Doubrapade Koroye; Associate Professor of Physics and STEM Education, St. Catherine University, Minnesota, Dr. Kaye Smith; Founder, WAAW Foundation, Dr. Unoma Okorafor; Team Lead of Yellow Team and student of Airforce Secondary School, Adesola Adegeye, and STEM Camp Director, WAAW Foundation, Frances Van Sloun, at the WAAW Foundation Award Ceremony for science and technology project.

 
L - R: Doubrapade Koroye of Etisalat; Founder, WAAW Foundation, Dr. Unoma Okorafor; Team Lead of Blue Team and student of Princeton College, Joy Olufemi, and STEM Camp Director, WAAW Foundation, Frances Van Sloun, at the WAAW Foundation Award Ceremony for science and technology project .
 
Etisalat Nigeria supported the Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation on the occasion of its 2013 Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Camp for 30 high school girls aged between 13 and 17 years.

Titled ‘Robotics and Renewable Energy for Africa’, the workshop which took place on Aug. 03, at the Laureates College, Lagos,  was facilitated by some Nigerian and American women, and it allowed the girls to experience hands-on activities, tutorials and experiments.


The founder of WAAW Foundation, Dr. Unoma Okorafor, said the learning objective of the STEM camp was to ensure that girls thought of science and technology as tools that could help them solve real problems in their communities.

 “The focus is to encourage our girls to look around and use locally available materials for innovation”, she said.

The facilitators included a special education teacher from Honors Academy School in Texas, Ebele Agu; Associate Professor of Physics and STEM Education at St. Catherine University in Minnesota, Dr. Kaye Smith and Mechanical Engineer from St. Thomas University in Minnesota, Frances Van Sloun.

The girls were selected from Airforce Secondary School, Gbaja Girls’ High School, Clegg Girls’ High School, Top Grade Secondary School, Bolade Senior Grammar School, Laureates College and Bosgram College.

They developed and presented light-sensor robots to solve green energy challenges such as trash sorting, water purification systems, and renewable energy systems; including solar cars and windmill systems.

Head, Data & Mobile Internet at Etisalat Nigeria, Okung Ebiefie says the company believes in grooming young people to understand that they can be innovative solution providers when they hone their skills.

Etisalat presented Easyblaze modems to winners at the Awards Ceremony.