This project will help Afro-Tech Girls provide STEM @ Home Kits for 200 underprivileged girls in Lagos. The STEM @ Home Kit is a simple yet engaging way to encourage STEM enthusiasm and make learning more accessible to every girl regardless of background especially with the recent adaptation to remote learning. The kit contains two experiments (how to make your own lip balm and build a robotic prosthetic arm), materials required, a brief on the STEM principles learned and a step-by-step guide
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have been closed and children from low income backgrounds are less able to afford amenities to help them learn online which is likely to cause a disparity among their peers. Also, being out of school and other learning for a long period might lead to risk of disengagement from school as a result of a drop in student's educational aspiration. Therefore, there is a need to keep these children engaged and actively learning at home pending school resumption.
This project will help provide STEM kits to these girls so they can learn and apply science and technology at home through experiential, hands on learning. The girls will learn and apply basic STEM principles at home in a fun and engaging way without any boundaries like power and internet access. Also, this creates an opportunity to be a part of the ATG community, having like-minded individuals support our vision and help more girls get actively involved in STEM fields.
The project will actively encourage the girls to be interested and involved in STEM resulting in a gradual but consistent reduction in the gender gap in the STEM industries and therefore, having increased numbers of women actively involved and attaining top positions in these industries.