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Ethiopian STEM Students Celebrate ETRSS-1 in Orbit

On December 20, 2019, Ehiopia’s first earth observatory satellite “ETRSS-1” launched into space.  The 70-kilogram (155 lbs weight) Remote Sensing Satellite was carried into orbit aboard a Long March 4B rocket, blasting off from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Xinzhou, North China province. Before the launching of ETRSS-1 satellite, there had been few scientific resources…

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The National Science and Engineering Fair Competition

GFCT-STEMpower co-organized the fourth Annual Ethiopian Science and Engineering Fair competition, held November 6-10, 2019, at the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, located in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. The event (synchronized with World Science Day) brought together 254 diverse and talented Ethiopian students, representing all regional states.  Those students learn their STEM (science,…

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GFCT-STEMpower inaugurated Ethiopia’s 25th STEM Center at Debre Birhan University

GFCT-STEMpower officially inaugurated Ethiopia’s 25th STEM Center at Debre Birhan University on November 13, 2019, in the presence of Mr. Mark Gelfand, founder of GFCT-STEMpower along with Debre Birhan University academic staffs and community. Debre Birhan University is one of the Public Universities in Ethiopia, established in 2005 by the Ethiopian government at Debre Birhan…

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Juba STEM Center Repaired and Operational

The Gelfand Family Trust has established the Juba STEM Center in November 2017. Unfortunately, the solar power system never worked reliably and couldn’t start accepting students in a timely manner. Operating a STEM Center within the largest university in South Sudan is a multi-faceted challenge. Challenges include no utility electric power, few suitable buildings, currency…

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Case University – STEMpower – Ethiopia STEM Initiative

STEMpower envisions a technologically-developed, economically-independent, and self-sustaining Ethiopia-Africa. The organization continuously stretches its hand to reach pre-university students in urban cities as well as in remote areas of Ethiopia to cultivate the scientist in every child. STEMpower brought key allies in realizing its vision effectively and efficiently such as the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)…

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First Welcome – Gondar EEWB Conference, December 2018

Welcome to the STEMpower community. We are the innovative nonprofit that is bringing STEM enrichment across Ethiopia and Sub -Saharan African countries. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The story of STEMpower began thirteen years ago in Ethiopia, as an exploratory initiative by the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust (“GFCT”). At the…

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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”)…

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