At the just concluded three day Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, 2011 Fair held at Grange Schools, Ikeja, Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer, Immersive Solutions Limited, Mojisola Omole said, investment in science and technology education is the easiest way to economic growth and development.
She said, STEM fair is a yearly event that promotes literacy in (STEM) disciplines among school children, and to raise awareness and knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interesting, active and interactive way that bridges the gap between classroom teaching and real life application of STEM principles.
Omole said, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair, is our own response to the yearly average failure rate of 75% in science and mathematics subjects in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) Examinations.
“As we know, science and technology education is the bedrock of economic development in any society, and if Nigeria must develop, we can’t but pay attention to science and technology education. So we saw a gap and a need and we decided to fill it by bringing in resources that make it easy for students to learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun way.
“I think one of the challenges in science and mathematics education is the teaching methodology and one of the ways we address that is by bringing in partners like Patricia and Sergio who came to the fair with science tools that children can interact with and gain knowledge for life”.
“Stem Fair 2011 was a huge success as science students at the fair were thrilled with the introduction of Planetarium Dome shows, one of the science tools that makes science learning easy.
According to Professor Patricia Reiff, a scientist in Rice University, USA who came to the Fair with a Planetarium Dome and her colleague from Barcelona, Sergio Lopez Borgonoz.
“It’s true that Nigeria has few scientists in the country, we are here to promote the interest of science and technology in an easy way so that more Nigerians can go for science studies. It is exciting when a country can build a new economy based on technology.
India has been exceptionally successful in this, with computer software and support companies, and now even developing low-cost computer hardware. Other countries that have had successful boosts because of technology include Ireland, Israel and of course China.