By Elizabeth Uwandu
Winners have emerged at the 2019 Agbami Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, STEM innovative challenge competition.
The competition organised by Agbami parties that comprised: Chevron, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC; Famfa Oil Limited; BR Petrobras and Equinor, in collaboration with Lagos Business School, LBS of the Pan Atlantic University; LBS Sustainable Centre and WAAW foundation, involved a five day teacher professional development training workshops; a three day workshop for students and a competition that had 15 schools participating in projects through the application of STEM, to solve societal challenges.
The competition which saw five schools emerging in the final stage, saw Iju Senior Grammar School clinching the first position with their “Smart self-powered house project; “Abibat Mogaji Millennium Secondary School, Iloro, Agege came second with their” Water purificator project “and Sanya Senior Grammar took the third position with “Wind Turbine powered house.”
Expressing delight over his school winning the competition, Oloruntobi Aide in company of Nneka Chizoba both SS 2 students of Iju Senior Grammar School, stated that they wished the government would invest in their project which aimed to address epileptic power supply through solar energy in the country.
” If government invest in the ” smart self-powered house project” that uses solar energy to navigate major functionalities within the house, we will be able to replicate this project on a large scale and the issue of epileptic power supply will be addressed. ” He stated.
Speaking at the symposium tagged, ” Advancing Innovation & Sustainable Development through STEM,’ the , Director, Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited, a subsidiary of Chevron Company, Mr Richard Kennedy called on the government to make STEM education a national priority.
Kennedy represented by the Manager, Policy Government Public Affairs, Mr Tom Akagnosu, called the youths to develop capacities in STEM in order to solve the challenges facing the country. His words:” We hope that this programme will identify issues in Nigeria’s STEM education reforms and provide strategies to ensure that STEM education is elevated to a national priority. ” He said.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Professor of Strategic Management, LBS, Prof. Chris Ogbechie represented by Prof. Yinka David-West reiterated the importance of STEM to a nation’s growth and development.
Others who spoke at the symposium were: Group General Manager, NAPIMS who sent a representative; the Chief Operating Officer, WAAW foundation, Loveth Ubi, Chevron scholar, ; Lucy Ikpesu; Head Digital Innovation Lab, First Bank of Nigeria, Limited and Founder Chowberry, Oscar Ekponimo.
At the end of the event, the students from the winning schools were given cash prizes of N65,000 ; N55,000 and N50, 000 each including Arduino packs for the first, second and third positions respectively.