In the just concluded China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest (CASTIC), students of Doregos Private Academy in Lagos have emerged third place. They competed against over 150 students.
The innovation contest took place from July 20 to July 26 with Alao-Akala Tabitha, Nimatallahi Abdulkadri and Lawal Balikis representing Nigeria in the International Projects category.
The project titled “Student Monitor and Anti-kidnapping Alert” was submitted by Alao-Akala Tabitha and Nimatallahi Abdulkadir while “Sandpaper Plant, Ficus Exasperata Vahl: A Health Resource for Diabetes” was submitted by Lawal Balikis.
The collective projects of the girls were innovative as well as relevant. And so, their presentations stood out among projects from the 52 other countries that participated in the innovation contest.
In a statement, Founder of Doregos Private Academy, Mrs Clementina Doregos, reiterated that Nigerians have what it takes to hold their own in academic pursuits. She expressed her confidence in the curriculum being used to groom students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines respectively.
Representing Nigeria to take part in this competition is a testament to the success of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum, as well as an opportunity for students to gain international exposure.Mrs. Clementina Doregos, Founder of Doregos Private Academy
Mrs Doregos said, given the proper infrastructure and support from the Nigerian government, education would go a long way in helping the government achieve goals of developing the populace and growing other sectors of the country.
The Doregos girls are not the only ones shining a light on the necessity of a STEM-based curriculum in schools. A group of five Nigerian girls called Brain Squad also recently represented the country in the Technovation Challenge in Silicon Valley, California. They developed an educational app called Handsout which provides a platform for the world to donate towards the education of less privileged children within Nigeria.
The participation of Nigerian youths in STEM-related challenges and programs within and outside the country point to a support system from teachers and schools and a love for education on the part of the students.
Investing in the quality of education can only mean better times ahead for the country.
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