Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Nigeria got a huge boost recently from the U. S. Diplomatic Service. The United States Consulate General just concluded a two-day drone technology training in Lagos.
Held in collaboration with the Global Air Media, a U.S. company, the workshop was organized for students and women STEM leaders.
According to Ms. Darcy Zotter, Public Affrays Officer, U.S Consulate Lagos:
STEM enables us to find solutions to some of the most pressing issues of today such as energy or even food security. Creating inventions to solve global challenges can be a catalyst for a country’s economic development.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is becoming hugely important for students and even adults as digital penetration increases.
The training held at two locations in Lagos–the Cedar STEM Entrepreneurship Hub, in Yaba and another at the American Corner of the Co-Creation Hub (CcHub), also at Yaba. About 30 primary and secondary school students participated at the training. Participants received skills ranging from basic knowledge of drone technology to minimal knowledge for navigating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Emerging trends in digital technology was also a key topic at the training. Thirteen women were coached on the use and trends in different technologies with the training focusing on areas such as real estate, construction, cinematography, humanitarian, and emergency response.
The training “was designed to simulate the interest of the participating students in math and science as well as careers in the STEM fields.”
Promoting STEM Education is a Top Priority of the US Government
This is not the first of such training. However, according to Zotter, “the US Mission in Nigeria has funded a number of projects to increase STEM education in different parts of the country whether at home or abroad.”
In March also, the Consulate hosted invited a group of 16 female Silicon Valley executives and tech professionals. Together, the group led a mentorship program for over 70 female STEM leaders here in Nigeria.
Additionally, last December, the Consulate also supported the creation of a tech hub in the country. Located in Lagos, the hub provides tech education for persons with disabilities.