STEM Education in Nigeria— Amanda Obidike’s STEMi Makers Africa to train 100 Educators in STEM
In a quest to cultivate a world-class STEM workforce by improving Educator’s competence with modern STEM Integrated tools, the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation Makers Africa (STEMi Makers Africa) partnered with the United States of America Consulate General, Lagos on the 26th to 29th of November 2019 to train 100 Educators from three Underserved Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State, Nigeria.
The program was held at the IBM Innovation Center, Churchgate Towers, Victoria Island, Lagos – Nigeria. The 4-day Educator’s program offered a rigorous, diverse and hands-on workshop training where Educators engaged in Design thinking projects, Hardware prototyping, Data Analytics, AI, Engineering Process, Digital skills, Space Science applications, Capacity Building, Applied pedagogies in practical teaching and Innovation: Bringing Student’s ideas to Life.
The Public Affairs Officer of the US Consulate General; Lagos, Russell Brooks, spoke to Educators about the importance of STEM Education. He cited examples of emerging technologies and how they are shaping today’s world. “The world is moving at a very fast pace and may not wait for Nigeria to catch up with it”. He further encouraged these Educators to embrace applied Innovation in teaching to stimulate better learning in their Students.
Educators were also introduced to the IBM Digital Nations Africa platform where they can access free Courses, professional opportunities and develop solutions given STEM resources. These Educators selected from 32 Pre-tertiary schools in Ojo, Amuwo-Odofin and Ifelodun Ajeromi Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State will serve as STEM Ambassadors and build their fellow Educators with exemplary practices, promoting STEM Education, Set up Science Clubs in their respective schools and expand the learning Community for effective sharing and knowledge transfer of practical Education.
This project is a one-year cycle duration where these School’s performance to applied STEM Education will be evaluated by STEMi Makers Africa and the US Consulate General, Lagos.
The impact of this project is to develop an e-Learning community for over 4,000 Educators, 18,000 Students and Institutions around a process of peer-review discussions, STEM opportunities, transformative growth, visibility in STEM pathways to promote Diversity, an Inclusive Workforce and Gender equality that constitutes to the economic development of Africa.
This project is providing technical support and redesign of curriculum where innovation can be integrated across all Subjects. It is time to make learning exciting, research-based and sustainable.
The STEM Integration and Development Training for Educators is to enable Educators to be problem solvers and critical thinkers who are able to analyze information to know what skills Scholars/Students need and when.
Amanda Obidike, the founder of STEMi Makers Africa, ” wants to prepare Educators who will serve as mentors and assist young Students with transferable skills effective to deliver Economic opportunities for Communities to flourish and match world-standard pathways. Africa is underrepresented in STEM Pathways. I look forward to seeing young catalysts excelling in STEM Pathways. We are betting that by allowing Scholars/Educators to be risk-takers, to redefine failure, to collaborate, and deeply think will actually better prepare them for assessments than traditional models of learning. We want them to be thinkers. When they apply innovation and design thinking, they empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test — to design and build their own bridges.”