Girls soar in science innovations

Beatrice from Morulem Girls Secondary School demonstrates how her washing machine works. Students competed in various innovations at the National Science and Innovation Competition at Gayaza High School recently. PHOTOS By Kelvin Atuhaire

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Twenty schools gathered at Gayaza High School to showcase their innovations something that showed that soon the issue of the few numbers of girls in science technology engineering and mathematics fields could reduce.

Uganda, like the rest of the world is still grappling with the few numbers of women and girls in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). According the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) fact sheet, less than 30 per cent of researchers in scientific and technological fields worldwide are women.
And as different stakeholders come in with STEM agendas to aid and encourage women and girls to fully and confidently step into science careers, secondary school students (girls) are among the cardinal group to engage. This is what the National Science and Innovation Competitions, a STEM initiative by the Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda did recently.
The competition held at Gayaza High School was attended by 20 schools from the four regions of the country, showcasing 30 different innovations.
Susan Opok Tumusiime, the executive director, FAWE Uganda, noted that, “the competition was 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 the expectation of uncovering the untapped talent of students, especially girls in research and innovation.”

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