The maiden edition of the Africa Science Week is coming off on September 25, 2018.
This event is the brainchild of a collaboration between the Africa Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and Next Einstein Forum (NEF).
The celebrations will occur in more than 34 African countries including Ghana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Rwanda South Africa, Tanzania, and Sudan.
The event will be Africa’s biggest yearly festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and is designed to be both a thought leadership and experiential event bringing together over 5,000 participants and key stakeholders to create awareness and drive greater participation in STEM.
“This celebration presents our country with a unique opportunity to elevate the conversation, drive greater participation and celebrate individuals and organizations in STEM in Ghana,” said Lucy Quist (President – AIMS).
The one-week celebration will begin on Tuesday, September 25, with regional activities aimed at empowering individuals through practical and immersive STEM experiences across the Volta, Northern, Ashanti and Greater Accra regions.
It will kick off with events such as coding and virtual reality outreaches, Open Science experiential, data science and hackathons among others.
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Below is the program scheduled for the four-day event:
Day 1 — Full day Coding and Virtual Reality workshop for pupils from selected Junior High Schools in Ho (Volta Region) in partnership with the Ghana Code Club and Ho Node. Participants will be empowered to code games using Scratch programming.
Day 2 — Full day Practical Science and Open hardware activities in selected schools in Tamale (Northern Region) in partnership with TeachForGhana.
Day 3 — Exhibition of local innovations and conversation on Open Science and Hardware for local business plus hands on STEM activations for selected basic schools in Kumasi (Ashanti Region) in partnership with Kumasi Hive.
Day 4 — Full day Africa Science Week Conference and Exhibitions involving keynotes, panel discussions and exhibitions of the latest innovations in STEM at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, Accra.
Day 5 — STEM open day and exhibitions for young people at the Planetarium, and a Data Science & Hackathon (Data-thon) for problem solvers in collaboration with the Planetarium, Developers in Vogue and Global Lab Network.
Interested persons can also join the conversation on social media with #ASWGhana.