African Union: Innovating Education Expo, in Dakar Senegal

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STEMpower was invited to the African Union’s “Innovating Education in Africa Expo” event in Dakar, Senegal. Our Executive Director Kidist Gebreamlak, our Ethiopian executive team, and two of our STEM students made the long flight there. Our practical demonstration of implementing hands-on STEM enrichment across Ethiopia brought an exciting new dimension to the Expo.

 The African Union (“AU”) strives for quality transformative education across the African continent. With that in mind, the AU holds an annual “Innovating Education Expo” showcasing technical and social innovations in many areas of education and training. This year, the event was held on October 4-6 in Dakar, Senegal.  STEMpower was honored to be part of this year’s event.

STEMpower Exec Director Kidist Gebreamlak with Senegal Education Minister of Higher Education H.E. Teuw Niane

Eyoel Hailu and Kidist with AU Commissioner for Science&Technology H.E. Sarah Anyang Agbor

Kidist and Eyoel aside Botswana Minister of Education H.E. Bagalatia Arone

Both of these students are in 12th grade, attending municipal high schools in Bishoftu. Ethiopia.

Yohannes’s project reflects his conviction that there should be no cheating when citizens are voting. He designed a device (the wooden box to the right of the TV) that tallies citizen voting in an election. It also shows the current vote tallies on a liquid crystal display.

Bante’s project involves home security. His door-locking device is a fully-functioning electronic combination lock that is mounted onto a model of a typical house door.

STEMpower students learn how to create practical products using various technologies that are taught at our STEM Centers. For example, both of their projects utilize the internationally-available, low-cost Arduino microcontroller, which is basically a tiny programmable computer that can sense and operate mechanical and environmental devices. Electronic circuitry is another topic learned. To learn more about their projects and more student creativity, please click on the “Stem-TV” tab at the top of this page. You can watch them explain their projects during Episode 7.

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