The Centre for Gender Issues in Science and Technology (CEGIST) of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) has commenced its proposed visit to secondary schools in Akure, the Ondo State capital. The visit is aimed at sensitizing young female students on the need to take up careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The Centre was at St. Louis Grammar School, Akure last Thursday, November 9, 2017 for the first leg of the visit. The students who filed into the hall at about 10:30 am were neatly dressed, and were visibly happy to meet with facilitators from CEGIST. The school management was also happy to receive the team of facilitators led by the Associate Director of CEGIST, Dr. (Mrs) Olufunmilayo S. Omoba.
Dr. Omoba presented a career talk titled, "STEM: Where are the Girls?". The talk- which started around 10:58 am and lasted for about 60 minutes- saw the girls burning with enthusiasm for STEM and STEM related disciplines. The climax of the presentation was a video display- using a projector- of four Nigerian High School girls (aged 14 - 15) in Lagos who invented electricity generator powered by urine. There was a Question-and-Answer session shortly afterwards followed by taking of group photographs.
The second leg of the visit has been scheduled for Friday, December 8, 2017 at Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School, Akure. The visit will be centred on the same topic.