By Racheal Dwamena Akenteng, GNA
Accra, March 09, GNA - The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Challenge for Kids Foundation, on Thursday, organised an exhibition for the products of the winners of the contest and to reward them.
The products are aimed at providing low cost and easy technologies for agricultural production, help in disaster management and for children to interact with their environment.
They include websites, web games, art books, and drones.
Twelve-year old Gabriel Zutah emerged the winner of the competition and was awarded GHȼ1000.00 and a laptop.
He was followed by Lambert Ntibey, 16, who received GHȼ700.00; while Desmond Zutah 14, received GHȼ500.00 as the next winner.
Mr Justice Akpadie (Jnr), the Executive Director of the Foundation, told the Ghana News Agency that the exhibition, which was mounted at the Ghana House was preceded by a three-month training programme.
He said the Foundation would display the art works produced by students in a museum for young engineers and scientists to view, share and contribute ideas to improve on them.
He said in August the programme would go international.
Mr Akpadie said the teaching of the STEM subjects must be prioritised in basic schools, explaining that the current situation was undermining the innovation of students and impacting negatively on future generations.
The Reverend Lambert Ntibrey of the Enterprise of Architecture and Business continuity, expressed the need to make teaching of Technology as practical as possible, saying, “We need to get our school children exposed early to technology”.
“What we should be thinking about is, how we should empower our young ones in and outside mainstream educational systems to develop their creativity.”
Rev Ntibrey stated that creativity was inherent in all, but it could not be utilised until it had been explored.
“Let’s encourage our kids to explore their environment,” he advised.
“The Ministry Environment, Science and Technology Innovation, together with the Ministry of Education are strongly needed in this project and to help take this up in the relevant circles for us to see the light of day.”