Our core belief is that a strong foundation in STEM is a critical component for global economic growth and social advancement.
According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%, globally. STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of a nation economy, and are a critical component to helping you win the future.
Through STEM education, students develop key skills in the following areas:
- Problem Solving
- Creative Thinking
- Critical Analysis
- Independent Thinking
- Digital Literacy
And enables the next generation of innovators.
Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas. It is clear that most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of Math and Science. Despite these compelling facts, mathematics and science scores in African countries are lagging behind when compared with other developing countries. At TechGen, we help youngsters to develop these key skills through STEM activities, and this summer wasn’t an exception.
Quickly, let me share one of the exciting moments we had during the break-camp.
This was in Outliers School at Surulere, youngsters were to build a Propeller driven Robotic car. This time, we decided to build it with locally sourced
We presented and analyzed all the necessary parts needed to build the car, we proceeded to list out the functions of each parts. It was an interactive session and the children were excited.
We went through an exercise in which the children were asked to draw on paper what they think the car would look like. This youngsters were creative, Indeed. They all came up with wonderful concepts, which the instructor called “the cars of the future” haha!.
We went on to build the car base using Styrofoam.
On the second day, after a brief recap by the children, we went on to
attach the wheels (rubber wheels to the car base using bicycle spokes
as our axle. We also used a plastic tube and bicycle spoke to build a
steering system for the front wheel. We also reinforced the car base
On the third day, we worked on the electronics and connected
our propeller to the motor and to the speed controller then to the
We completed the steering mechanism by attaching the
servo arm to the fore wheel and the receiver. This was more of a gluing competition between the boys and the girls as the girls decided
to prove that “what a man can do, a woman can do better.” We
completed the car that day, attached our battery and got the car
moving!!! You have got to see how excited they were.
The class became an arena of happiness and joy as every youngsters either wanted to touch or pursue the car as it moved. The youngsters learned how to drive/control the propeller driven robot car. It was a hilarious learning process filled with different driving skills, robot damage and repair.
A funniest scenario occurred, when one of the youngsters grandma exclaimed, “Panti leleyi yi” (Yoruba language) meaning “This is trash.”
It was an interesting and educative session, which shows how interactive STEM classes can be.
Here is what some of the youngsters have to say:
“The class was interesting, though at first when I was
coming here, I didn’t know what to expect. We built a moving robot.
The class was really fun, people came and they were nice people.
Our instructor really knows what to do; he knows his job. I am glad I
was exposed to this kind of training this holiday.”
“I like that we play and work in the class as
friends. The instructor taught us how to make a robotic car.”