Why a STEM for Girls Project?
I am Angella Musiimenta, a female technologist that has made it to a PhD. During my early years of career development, I lacked encouragement, female role models, and hardly believed in my academic ability to be a technologist. There are still many girls in Uganda that are experiencing the same challenges. In order to help such girls, I now coordinate a team at MUST that is passionate about inspiring girls into STEM (Scie., Tech.,Eng., Maths). The team include: Kimera Richard, Robert Mugonza, John Ziine, Aaron Mugaba, Moreen Andiida and other STEM role models
What have we achieved so far?
We organise workshops aimed at building the capacity of secondary school Science/mathematics teachers in order to put them in a better position to prepare and encourage girls involvement in STEM. So far, 60 teachers have benefited from our programme.
The picture above shows some of the 23 teachers that recently participated in our workshop at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Of the 23 participants, only 5 were females! This raises a serious question: where are the female STEM teachers?
We also visit schools and talk to girls about the available STEM career paths, show them profiles of female working in STEM, encourage them to believe that they can make it in STEM, and connect them to mentors. We also organise STEM Camps where female mentors help girls see themselves in STEM roles they had never imagined before. So far, over 4500 girls have been inspired through school visitations.
After our inspirational talks, the girls feel more confident and are always exited
We are very grateful to Google and Mbarara University for their continued support for our STEM for Girls project. Unfortunately, not every girl is smiling; there are still very many girls especially in rural schools that need to be inspired
Impacts of the RISE 2014 School outreach sessions
Population: 4500 girls from rural schools in southwestern Uganda
Method: Before and after intervention assessments
- Increased awareness of STEM careers and how to prepare for them
- Decrease in perception that only boys excel in STEM
- Increased encouragement and confidence to pursue STEM
- Increased accessibility to STEM mentors and female role models
- Lack of practical training in STEM related areas such as computer programming. Our upcoming STEM camp aims to address this challenge.
- Lack of access to STEM-related competitions and exhibitions and lack of school-based STEM clubs. Our planned Rise 2015 will address these challenges.
- Limited access to internet.
- Discouraging remarks from teachers and parents.
Selected Girls for the Upcoming 3-Day STEM for Girls Camp Scheduled 15th -17th Jan 2015 at Mbarara University Of Science and Technology.
KINONI GIRLS SSS
1. Twebaze Mackline (0753 639804 (Father), 0753 543678 (mother)
2. Joyce Ampaire (0774 987501 (mother), 0789 619693 (father)
KYEIBARE GIRLS SSS
3. Musiimenta Gloria (0701 933765)
4. Ampaiire Ritah (0776 3651776)
KASHENSHERO GIRLS SSS
5. Musiimenta Catherine ( 0778 619323 (mother))
6. Atusasira Angella (0782 243573 (father))
ST MARYS GIRLS, VOCATIONAL GIRLS SSS
7. Namara Justine (0706 715975)
8. Angel Veronica (0788 343416)
ST BRIDGET GIRLS SSS
9. Kahinju Deborah (0701 589513)
10. Nankunda Caroline ( 0701 152113)
ST BINICINCILII GIRLS SSS
11. Kengabirano Christine (O782 894337, 0754 151902 (mother))
12. Kanyesigye Prossy (0793 628658)
13. Ainebyona Topista (0757 419467)
KASHAKA GIRLS SSS
14. Lois Tushabe (0752 672048, 0755 851277)
15. Jean Naturinda (0772 517047)
ST CECILIA GIRLS SSS
16. Oworinawe Annita (0774 855476)
17. Nabarema Patricia (0774 860325)
BWERANYANGI GIRLS SSS
18. Linnet Naiga
Purpose: To equip girls with practical training in STEM-related areas, connect them to female STEM role models, and expose them to some of the STEM-related laboratories and innovations.
Training Resources: Available at: CS-First.com
Mentors: STEM role models, majority of which are females.
Sponsors: Google Rise, MUST, and national & international friends of “STEM for Girls Project”.