January 19, 2018

2016 end of year report

2016 was our second year in operation so we built on activities after year 1 to ensure we are on track to better cater for the needs of the Ghana STEM community. Here’s what we got up to in 2016.

 

  • SCI BARCAMP 

We started off 2016 with the first Science Barcamp in partnership with the Ghana Think foundation, themed; “Scientific Solutions for Economic Progress”.  As first time experiences go, there was certainly a lot to learn. Team member Gameli Adzaho blogged about the Sci barcamp here and lessons learnt was shared by Tom Tagoe here. Look out for the 2017 edition.

  • THE SHAPE PROJECT 

After the successful launch of the SHAPE project in December 2015, our key resources in 2016 were focused on working with the various teams on their chosen project to deliver a successful outcome.  The dedication from schools, mentors, ambassadors and volunteers was evident at the closing ceremony of the project. If you missed it, recap here. A final report will be made available in 2017.

  • MEMBERSHIP AND SERVICES 

During the 1st quarter of 2016, we were pleased to have a consulting team from Vanderbilt University work with us in partnership with Bankers without Borders to lay down plans for the launch of GhScientific Services. A review from the Vanderbilt team is available here. Thanks to this successful collaboration, we officially opened up the GhScientific family to the rest of the Ghanaian STEM community through our membership provision and we now have a range of services on offer.  We’re here to serve you so have look at what’s on offer and take advantage of your membership.

  • WRITING COMPETITION 

One of our focuses at GhScientific is to promote STEM stories in the media. This influenced the inception of our STEM writing competition. The 2016 competition had four main topics namely; STEM and the media, Women in STEM, STEM and the economy and STEM educational reform.  Entries were of an impressive standard once again and we had interesting entries from two pupils in year 7 and year 8. This has now informed the segregation of the writing competition into a junior and senior categories from 2017 so all entries are judged fairly. Congratulations once again to the winner Ferdinand Hassan for his entry, Rethinking the Teaching of STEM in Ghanaian Schools.

  • SCIENCE BOOK TOUR 

After launching the fundraiser for our Science book tour project in 2015, our first set of books arrived in in 2016 and were delivered to the pilot schools. The aim of the project is to introduce primary school pupils to science themed books aside the regular text books. This is a long term project with the aim of reaching as many schools as possible.  You can follow the project, share with your network or donate here.

  • NATIONAL VOLUNTEER’S DAYS 

We support volunteerism and we’re happy to have supported yet another successful National volunteer’s day. This year, we took science to kids at the Osu Library. Thanks once again to all who supported. We put together a wonderful video capturing the event here

 

  • STEM ACTIVITY DAYS 

We piloted the delivery of our STEM activity days, where we ran Saturday practical STEM clubs with schools. This year we started with pupils from Seaside International School. Here are snap shots from a selection of the sessions. We will be looking at expanding this service to other schools in 2017.

 

Finally, we celebrated some of our members on their achievements in 2016. Gameli Adzaho was appointed a Next Einstein Fellow, Dr Kobina Arthur was appointed vice president of the WACCBIP, Harry Akligoh, organized another successful event encouraging girls into STEM, Dr Thomas Tagoe gave a TEDx Talk and Hephzi Angela Tagoe was awarded a science communication award. 

We have a lot of exciting events, news, projects and activities lined up for 2017. It’s been great having you as part of the GhScientific community this year. Thank you all for the continued support and we look forward to our jouney next year.