STEM Camp for Girls in Minna: Promoting Creativity

by Timeout for Africa Education and Sports Foundation Vetted since 2014 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
Personal computers for our STEM project
Personal computers for our STEM project

Hello Donor,

TimeOut4Africa Foundation continues to provide much needed support to children in Nigeria. The Foundation will be able to supply 32 young girls with 8 computers to share for  instruction. For the past few years, our young girls have expressed the desire to improve their instructional practices with the use of modern technology.  The laptops will be an avenue for students and teachers to connect virtually to online resources to support teaching and learning.  The computers are scheduled to arrive in Nigeria before the start of the September semester.  The computers will provide digital access to Our STEM girls and give them the opportunity to work on Coding.

We are very exited to announce that our STEM Ambassador, Naomi. Was at it again at the USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Washington DC convention center in April, gathering information and learning more about science to share with the girls in November during our next STEM camp. At the festival we were  excited to meet the inventor of ZYX  sticks Mechanical Engineer Shannon. The ZYX sticks are wooden building sticks that promote creative, collaborative play for both girls and boys of all ages. Shannon was kind enough to show us how they work and also give us a set for Naomi to share with the girls at the future camp in Nigeria.

Thank you for your continuous support.  TimeOut4Africa’s work would not be fulfilled without your generous donations. Please fill fee to share our work with friends and family.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @Timeout4Africa.

Naomi with Shannon the inventor of ZYX sticks.
Naomi with Shannon the inventor of ZYX sticks.
Naomi and Mum DR Kolo at the Science Expo.
Naomi and Mum DR Kolo at the Science Expo.
Naomi, maybe a future Dentist. At the Dental booth
Naomi, maybe a future Dentist. At the Dental booth
Group picture at the STM camp in Minna
Group picture at the STM camp in Minna

Time Out 4Africa hosted the 2nd Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) EXPO for girls in Minna Nigeria.  The EXPO was designed to expose girls, ages 7-10, to the basics of STEM Education.  Thirty-five girls were exposed to basic science experiments, coding through the use of code.org, robotics through the use of code and go mouse sets, and engineering through the use of Legos. Twenty-five of the girls that attended the EXPO where returning from the 2016 EXPO. Ten of those girls stated that the STEM EXPO was the first time that they were exposed to STEM education.  They were so excited!

Funds donated to Time Out 4Africa’s STEM Camp in Minna were used to purchase the STEM supplies used at the camp.  Funds were also used to purchase drinks and snacks that were provided at the event. Additionally, girls were given a Time Out 4Africa bookbag for school supplies and a personal lego kit.

Girls at the EXPO received information on STEM careers and they were encouraged to think about the possibilities of a STEM career opportunity. The girls expressed excitement about engaging in the STEM activities and learning about STEM careers.

This year TimeOut 4Africa awarded 2 of the camp girls a scholarship for the academic school year. The award was titled the STEM GiRLS SHINE Award. This award went to Esther and Favour. The Timeout 4Africa Foundation will pay for school tuition, uniforms, bus transportation to school, sports wear and extra computer lessons.

Your donation made a difference and with your continued support, Time Out 4Africa can reach more girls in Minna, Nigeria, exposing them to the possiblies of STEM careers. 

Please follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Timeout4Africa. Also, visit our website at www.timeout4africa.com for upcoming events and to support us during the year. We appreciate your support during March 1-15, 2018 as we compete again for a spot on the GlobalGiving Girls Fund.

Thank you,

Gift bag presentation with Mr Kolo and principal.
Gift bag presentation with Mr Kolo and principal.
Kids in action building with Kiva blocks.
Kids in action building with Kiva blocks.
Our STEM girls checking out there gifts.
Our STEM girls checking out there gifts.
Our Girls in there classroom during our visit.
Our Girls in there classroom during our visit.
Mr Kolo, Favour and Esther
Mr Kolo, Favour and Esther
STEM GIRL SHINE  T-SHIRT
STEM GIRL SHINE T-SHIRT

The TimeOut4Africa Foundation is in the final stages of prepping for the 2nd Annual STEM Girls Shine EXPO.  The EXPO will take place mid-November 2017 in Minna Nigeria. STEM supplies have been sent to Minna in preparation for the upcoming event. The supplies include Legos, Keva Planks, and small robots that will be used for coding. 

Thirty girls will participate in the EXPO. The EXPO will be designed to expose girls to STEM activities as well as educate them on the possibilities of STEM career opportunities.  While at the EXPO, the girls will receive a STEM Girls Shine t-shirt and snacks provided by the TimeOut4Afcica Foundation.  Additionally, participants will receive a book bag with school supplies and a small STEM toy.

Your continuous support allows the Time Out4Afica Foundation to offer educational opportunities to children in Minna. Additionally, your funds are used to assist with the purchase of schools supplies that can be used throughout the school year.

In addition to prepping for the upcoming EXPO, TimeOut4Africa is honored to share that Jonathan Kolo, the Founder of TimeOut4Afica, received the African Community Service Award from the Allin1 for Africa Organization. Jonathan was recognized for his tireless humanitarian work done in Nigeria. 

As the 2017 year comes to an end, TimeOut4Africa would like to remind you about Giving Tuesday.  Giving Tuesday will be held on November 28, 2017, which marks the start of giving season. The Giving Season continues until December 31st.  During the Giving Season time, TimeOut4frica will be competing for prizes and awards.  Please consider making a donation to TimeOut4Africa during the 2017 Giving Season.

To learn more about our projects or to make a donation, visit us on timeout4africa.com, follow us on Facebook @timout4Africa Education and Sports Foundation, Twitter, and Instagram at @timout4Africa.

Humanitarian Award.
Humanitarian Award.
Mr Jonathan Kolo with his award.
Mr Jonathan Kolo with his award.
School Celebration for Scholarship Recipients
School Celebration for Scholarship Recipients

Timeout 4Africa provided scholarships to two STEM GIRLS SHINE EXPO participants in Minna Nigeria. The STEM GIRLS SHINE Scholarship provided $400 to each participant which will cover school tuition and book fees for one year. Esther, one of the scholarship recipients, aspires to be a doctor when she grows up. Esther said that her involvement with TimeOut 4Africa and STEM activities inspires her to work hard to reach her goals. Favour, the other scholarship recipient, desires to became a nurse. Favour stated, “working hard in school and taking advantage of STEM opportunities will help me reach my goals.”

In preparation for the 2nd Annual STEM Girls Shine EXPO, that will be held in Minna Nigeria, Naomi, Timeout 4Africa USA STEM Ambassador, promoted STEM in Suffolk, Virginia in July. The STEM EXPO which had 24 girls present, exposed girls to STEM activities such as coding, engineering, circuits, and science experiments. The EXPO was the first experience for 90% of the participants and they all are eager to participate in future events. Naomi said, “she enjoys working with other girls to complete STEM activities”. Nadia, one of the participants at the EXPO said “she has happy to learn about STEM and had a great time participating in the STEM EXPO”.

Timeout 4Africa would like to thank you for your continued support which allows us promote STEM for girls across the nation.

Scholarship recipients embracing their achievement
Scholarship recipients embracing their achievement
STEM GIRLS SHINE EXPO promoting creativity
STEM GIRLS SHINE EXPO promoting creativity
Naomi taking the lead at the Lego station
Naomi taking the lead at the Lego station
Student excited to go on the trip!
Student excited to go on the trip!

EXCURSION TO JESIL PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY SPONSORED BY TIME OUT 4AFRICA STEM PROGRAM

The Time Out4 Africa Foundation sponsored an excursion for students at Mawo International School to visit Jesil Pharmaceutical Company.  Jesil Pharmaceutical is a company that produces drugs such as Vitamin C, Multivitamins and Blood tonic. The excursion was designed to expose students to career professionals and career opportunities in the STEM fields.

Time Out 4Africa implemented the STEM project to promote innovation and creativity in young students.  Funds raised for this project were used to host STEM projects at Mawo International School during the 2017-2018 school year. Since the success of the STEM Camp that took place at Mawo in November 2016, Time Out 4 Africa wanted to extend the learning opportunities to students in order to keep them engaged with STEM experiences.  Funds were used to cover the cost of a travel and food for 50 students, and 3 school officials from Mawo International School to visit Jesil Pharmaceutical.  Of the 50 students that went on the trip, 40 students were female and 10 students were males, all ages 6-11.   Research shows that early exposure to STEM experiences increase interest for the pursuit for a STEM profession.

While at Jesil Pharmaceutical, the students toured the production processes of the company and communicated with the Scientists and Pharmacists at the company. Joan, one of the students on the visit said “I really enjoyed myself. It was a memorable experience and I guess I was lucky to be selected.  I learned a lot from the excursion as I hope one day to become a Pharmacist so I can assist the Doctors in saving lives with my drugs”.  Another student, Firdausi, said of the excursion, “It was an educational experience and I didn’t want to go home but we had to”.  All of the students were excited and thrilled to see the drug production process up close for the first time in their lives. The visit to the Pharmaceutical Company allowed students to see where the drugs that doctors prescribe to them when they are ill come from.

After the excursion, the kids went for a picnic at the Democracy Garden where they had lunch and refreshments. The lunch, which consisted of chicken and rice, was also provided by the Time Out 4 Africa Foundation. While eating lunch, students spent the time discussing their experience at the Jesil Pharmaceutical Company. Many of students expressed interest in becoming Pharmacists and Doctors as of result of their experience at Jesil Pharmaceutical Company.

Time Out 4Africa is forever grateful for your generous donations.  Each donation allows us to provide continuous educational support to students in Nigeria.

Visit us at www.timeout4africa.com to learn more about our programs or to make a donation.

Group picture of students.
Group picture of students.
Students being lectured on the chemical processes.
Students being lectured on the chemical processes.
Kids taking notes during the excursion.
Kids taking notes during the excursion.
Friends at school, excited about the tour!
Friends at school, excited about the tour!
Lunch time.
Lunch time.
 

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Timeout for Africa Education and Sports Foundation

Location: Minna, Niger State - Nigeria
Website: http:/​/​Www.timeout4africa.com
Project Leader:
Jonathan Kolo
Minna, Niger State Nigeria
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