November 23, 2017

Public Engagement with Science is making history

It’s October and black history month is upon us once again. Whiles some may argue that why wait till October to celebrate the great people who paved the way for the African – Diaspora, I’m of the opinion that it’s always good practise to set aside time for personal reflection and that’s just what Black History Month (BHM) offers.

In our bid to ‘stop and reflect’, for BHM last year we decided to celebrate scientists of Afro-Caribbean decent who have made it to the history books and helped shape the representation of Afro-Caribbean scientist in the world today.

This year, we’re drawing attention to a new wave on the science scene worldwide, which has made it to our door step and in a few years will be referenced as having played a significant role in changing science education in Ghana. It’s the era of science communication and public engagement with science.

If you were born before the 2000’s in Ghana, then you most certainly had minimal exposure to practical science education. If you’re still in school now then you may have been exposed to ‘hands on science’ probably based on your geographical location. Either way there’s no denying the fact that our education system is in need of an overhaul and where the Sciences are concerned practicality is a necessity.

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History is being celebrated daily and with every significant occurrence comes another entry for the history books. This year, we choose to celebrate the STEM based start-ups in Ghana who are helping change the future of education through ‘hands on science’.

Come along with us this month as we feature a STEM organisation each day of Black History Month.

As Robert Kennedy rightly said “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.