Girls In Engineering, Mathematics And Science (GEMS) Exhibition/Competition In Akwa Ibom State

Girls In Engineering, Mathematics And Science (GEMS) Exhibition/Competition In Akwa Ibom State

Girls In Engineering, Mathematics And Science (GEMS) Exhibition/Competition In Akwa Ibom State

By / Gender Base Violence / Saturday, 25 April 2020 15:59
  • Preamblenable them to be active participants in the development of the Nigeria Delta. It is believed that increased scientific familiarity may encourage girls to consider careers in science, engineering and mathematics and will also help develop better informed scientific citizens.

Science competition among secondary schools in the country has been a concern for a private enterprise (a company) which has been in the fore front of doing this is in the last one decade. With this competition, girls’ science students have not been a major player in this, there was no customized competition for girls and this has been recognized globally as an issue to be addressed holistically. The United Nations (UN) recognizes that the full participation of women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is integral to achieving gender equality. According to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), globally, women are underrepresented in the field of research and experimental development, which includes STEM fields. Women represent, on average, 29% of the world’s researchers and 35% of global higher education enrollment in STEM fields.

UNESCO suggest that women’s participation in STEM is crucial to achieving not only gender equality, but also “should be considered as crucial means to promote scientific and technological excellence.” The Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and Science (GEMS) Competition is focused on solving problems using scientific principles and theories. All activities are hands-on and incorporate teamwork, innovation and problem solving. The one-day event provided an opportunity for female science students to showcase their understanding of science and mathematics by using it to solve real life problems.

In the Niger Delta, innovation and competition of this nature is rear especially the one that brings together girls offering sciences in secondary schools under one roof like the one facilitated by Facilitated by Future Builders Women Empowerment Association with support from Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is acclaimed to likely be the first of its kind since the creation of Akwa-Ibom State.

With more women from the Niger Delta engaged in engineering, mathematics and science, the Niger Delta will have already workforce for the oil and related companies. Empowering young girls and encouraging them to take up careers in engineering, mathematics, and sciences.

 

  • Objectives of the competition

The specific objectives of the exhibition and competition are thus;

  • To raise awareness on the need to have a platform for girls offering sciences in secondary schools to show case technological innovations.
  • To apply science principles and theories to solve societal problems through a platform for Female Science Students to latch on and do this.
  • To further arouse the interest of girls science students by facilitating  learning and excitement environment about science and mathematics;
  • To inspire female science students to continue to use science principles to solve everyday problems; and
  • To rekindle and encourage secondary school management teams to take science, technology, engineering and mathematics serious especially in girls’ only institutions in Akwa-Ibom State.

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