The University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, has launched an annual science, technology, engineering, and mathematics competition for students in the state’s secondary schools.
According to the institution, the competition will serve to instill a love of science and technology in the state’s youth.
The tournament included no fewer than ten secondary schools from across the state, as well as demonstrations of numerous innovations by students from the participating schools.
Ondo Boys High School, Hallmark Secondary School, CAC Secondary School, Pop Class College, and La Salle High School were among the schools that competed in the competition, which was hosted on the varsity’s campus.
Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, the university’s Vice-Chancellor, stated that the competition was organized to serve as a platform to motivate young secondary school students to choose their interests and promote their growth in STEM disciplines.
According to him, the future solution to real-life problems and challenges relied on STEM, thus the necessity to introduce it to the younger generation.
He went on to say that the tournament had begun and that it will now be an annual event.
“We organized this competition to give STEM the attention it deserves because we know that future solutions to many real-life problems and difficulties rely on it.” “We hope that this will also encourage our young people to apply themselves to the STEM field because not only is this a way to find solutions to problems and challenges, but we also hope that this will serve as a springboard to compete at various levels-state, federal, and possibly international,” Fatusi said
In a related move, the US Consulate General has announced a new project targeted at encouraging 300 high school girls in Osun State to pursue STEM education and jobs.
According to a statement issued on Thursday, 300 schoolgirls will receive training in coding, web design, and product creation, as well as all important skills required in today’s increasingly competitive job market, as part of the project dubbed “Osun Girls Can Code.”
The six-month course, according to US Consul General Claire Pierangelo, will build a supportive community in which the young females may get mentorship, network, and exchange internship possibilities in STEM professions.
“In our foreign policy, the United States advocates the rights and empowerment of women and girls, and we have invested millions of dollars to achieve gender equality across Sub-Saharan Africa,” Pierangelo added.
Source: Punch Nigeria