Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda Chapter (FAWE Uganda) on Friday 21st June, 2019 held the National Science and Innovation Competitions at Gayaza High School, Wakiso district. The Competitions were held under the theme, “Promoting Science Education and Innovation for Development.”
The competitions are focused on improving participation and performance of girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects at secondary school level in addition to enhancing students’ practical skills. They also aimed at stimulating girls’ interest in researching more about STEM, take-up STEM subjects and science related career disciplines; and establishing stronger relationship between what is learnt in class and actual application of concepts.
Karugutu Secondary School in Noroko district won the competition with the Sweetened Milk Powder product, 2nd runners up was Mt. Of Olives College Kakiri with Propelled Wheel Sprayer, 3rd Wanyange Girls Schools in Jinja – Bio Decomposer, 4th Kangole Girls in Karamoja – Cow dung Briquettes and 5th YY Okot Secondary School in Kitgum district – Using Solar Sunlight to cook. At the same event, 50 Best Science Teachers of biology, chemistry, physics, agriculture and mathematics were awarded brand new laptops.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Usher Magara, Commissioner for Science and Innovation Outreach at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) said that, “I thank FAWE Uganda for organizing this event. Innovation and research are important and lead to development. Government through the MOSTI is committed to supporting innovation in Uganda and this financial year Ushs. 10 billion has been allocated towards supporting innovations in different sectors including energy, road infrastructure, tools helping people living with disability and agricultural inputs, and this is meant to motivate young people to do sciences.”
He added that, “As a Ministry, we shall identify projects/ideas and support advance, protect them through patenting and copy right so that schools and students benefit from their innovations. We shall build capacity of stakeholders including learners in schools, different tertiary institutions and Universities to advance their innovations and commercialize them to both their and societal benefit.”
Ms. Susan Opok Tumusiime, the FAWE Uganda Executive Director, expressed that, “The National Science and Innovation competition is aimed at creating a platform where learners can freely come up with ideas and innovations focused on addressing community needs while using local materials. With this initiative, we expect to uncover the untapped talent of students especially girls in research and innovation to help address the current high unemployment problem in Uganda through promoting job creation and self employment. It will further enhance the students’ intellectual capacity in respect to rational, critical and creative thinking in addition to demystifying the misconception that science subjects are difficult and cannot be done by girls which is wrong. ”
Prior to the national competitions, sciences exhibitions were held at different levels right from school, district and regional, where best innovations addressing societal problems were selected to compete at the national level. National competitions featured 20 schools that represented all the four regions of Uganda including; Y.Y Okot Memorial College, Moyo S.S, Semuliki High School, Karugutu S.S, Kyebambe Girls School, Kangole S.S, Moroto high school, Katakwi high school, Mt of Olives College Kakiri, Mityana Secondary School, Kitante Hill School, Wanyange Girls’ School and Iganga Girls’ Secondary School.
It was great hosting inter-school Science & Innovations (STEM) Exhibitions – Competitions for central Uganda. We thank FAWE Uganda for entrusting us with this responsibility. We also appreciate the 10 visiting schools for participating in this year’s STEM Competitions. Students exhibited amazing science innovations Fawe Uganda FAWE Uganda Alumni.
Our school merged as winners in 1st and 2nd position. And out of our 4 projects, 3 of them qualified for Nationals. Congratulation MOCK Science Club.
At the professional development workshop held on the 10th January 2018 at Mount of Olives College Kakiri (MOCK), it was resolved that MOCK in conjunction with the DEO’s office and WAPSHA Executive will be organizing an annual professional development workshop for primary School leaders. It was further resolved that while MOCK fully funded the training held in January this year, subsequent trainings will be co funded by the attending schools leaders.
The purpose of this letter therefore is to invite you to the 2019 professional development workshop for primary school leaders to be held at MOCK on Wed 9th Jan 2019, commencing at 8.30am.
The topics of the workshop will include:
- The Impact of building and sustaining relationships in a work place.
- The role of emotions in achieving success – Emotional Intelligence
- Inspiring teachers to work for success in our schools.
- Un leash the leadership potential in your institution
You will be required to contribute Shs 15,000 towards provision of refreshments and stationary. Other expenses will be met by the Directors of the school as a way of giving back to the community.
We wish your candidates great success and God’s abundant blessings
CC – DEO – Wakiso District
CC – Chairman – WAPSHA
The deadline for the Google Lunar X Prize has been pushed backed once again, from the end of 2017 to 31 March 2018. The prize offers $30 million to the first privately-funded venture that puts a spacecraft on the moon.
In order to win the money, competitors’ rovers will have to explore at least 500 metres of the moon’s surface and send back high-definition images and video. However, this new deadline came with additional “milestone prizes” which will let the companies win some money even if they are not entirely successful.
The Lunar Arrival Milestone prize offers $1.75 million to spacecraft that either orbit the moon or try landing. The Soft Landing Milestone Prize will award $3 million to any craft proven to successfully land on the surface. These new prizes aren’t a race; they’ll be split up among all teams which achieve the milestones by the end of March.
The original competition announced in 2007 offered $20 million to the first privately-funded company that reached the moon by 2012. Since then, the prize has been raised and the deadline has been extended three times.
Five teams remain in the game, having secured contracts to launch their moon landers: the Israeli company SpaceIL, Moon Express in the US, TeamIndus in India, HAKUTO in Japan, and Synergy Moon, an international group.
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