Global Series: STEM in North & Central Africa

It has been absolutely incredible learning about all the brilliant initiatives currently active in different regions of the African continent! We reached out to a few individuals currently involved in STEM fields in Africa and received wonderful suggestions, conducted some research and learned about some incredible STEM programs for students. These and so many more projects are dedicated towards building a strong educational and scientific community in all rural and urban regions of Africa.

  • iLabAfrica

Over the past 6 years, @iLabAfrica has worked with Girls in marginalized areas of Kenya and trained them on using Information and Computer Technology (ICT). Along with a large number of grants offered by Google and partnerships with academic institutions, @LabAfrica is implementing various programs where women are trained on using various ICT tools and mentored on ways they can take up STEM courses as a career.

Learn more about their various programs and community impact at –

http://www.ilabafrica.ac.ke/index.php/stem-programs/

  • Africa Science Week

The Next Einstein Forum’s (NEF) Africa Science Week (ASW) is an annual week-long celebration of science and technology with thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to technologists – actively engaging in science events across the continent. ASW aims to encourage citizens to get involved and develop an interest in science and technology, and how it impacts their daily lives. The NEF’s ASW will be held in 13 countries: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania.

Learn more about the events and how you can participate at –

http://nef.org/asw/

  • WAAW Foundation

To increase the pipeline of African women entering into Science and Technology fields and ensure they are engaged in Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship to benefit Africa, WAAW foundation invites senior secondary school girls, between the ages of 13 and 17 years, to register for their annual STEM camp.  The theme for the 2017 camp is Creating Employability Skills through Internet Connection, Computer Programming and STEM Innovation to Close the Digital Gender Gap in Nigeria.

Applications are available on their website –

http://waawfoundation.org/stem-camp/

  • Pan-African Robotics Competition

The Pan-African Robotics Competition (PARC) is an All-African Robotics competition which brings together middle, high-school, University robotics teams to participate in a competition around a challenge based on a real-world topic relevant to science and the sustainable development of Africa. The objective is to provide:

  • Better understanding of how STEM is used to solve real-world problems
  • Early engagement of young girls and boys in STEM
  • And inspiring young Africans to be science and technology leaders

Register here!

http://parcrobotics.org/registration

And learn more about their upcoming events!

http://parcrobotics.org/events-calendar

Growth and development comes with one person at a time. Each day students and children all across Africa are being taught about ways to access educational platforms and inspiring them to bring innovation into their community. Thus, helping solve real life issues of literacy, poverty, hunger and health. Creating awareness is the first step to bringing change and making our communities a better place.

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National Geographic

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iHub

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iLabAfrica

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InAfrica24

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The African Way

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Opportunity Desk

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WAAW Foundation

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PARC Robotics

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PBS

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