GEM-GHANA, on the 12th of June 2021 organised a one day STEAM training activity on Robotics for 30 girls offering Science program in Tamale Senior Secondary School. The training was part of a series of trainings to be done to inspire young girls take interest in studying STEAM related programs leading to STEAM Careers. Trainers, took the participants through the training.
The invited guests at the event took time to offer some Career Guidance and Counseling to the participants in their respective STEAM fields. Dr. Mary-Magdalene Pedavoah, (Chairperson, Board of Directors – GEM-GHANA), Dr. Hawawu Hussein, (Member, Board of Directors – GEM-GHANA), Dr. Abdul-Nashirudeen Mumuni, (Member, Board of Directors – GEM-GHANA) and Dr. Mohammed Abdul Muhsin Zambang (Lecturer, Tamale Technical University) all took time to provide some information on Science programs that leads to STEAM careers. They also encourage the young girls to take their studies seriously to enable them pass their examinations and climb up the academic ladder to land good jobs in future that will reduce the wide gab that exists in gender employment.
The facilitators of the robotics training, Mr. Ushawu Ibrahim, who doubles as GEM-GHANA, Chief Digital Officer and the CEO of Electronics Technologies Consult (ETC) and Mr. Simon of ETC, then took their time to meticulously take participants through the building and programming of basic robots to perform specific tasks. The training is usually a hands-on activity that demands the participants put into groups for effective participation. The hands-on nature captured the attention of all the participants including the invited guests, who volunteered to join the groups to add their experience and to provide some guidance and leadership to the groups
Mr. Ushawu also took some time to share a few words with the girls; he said the world is fast moving to digitalization and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) so there is the need for young girls to get themselves ready to enable them face the challenges ahead.
At the end of the event, the Executive Director of GEM-GHANA added his voice to the call of the guests to the participants to take their studies seriously to prepare them to become responsible future leaders.