The University of Medical Sciences,(UNIMED) has begun an annual competition on science, technology, engineering and mathematics for pupils of secondary schools in the state.
According to the university, the competition will help to develop the passion for science and technology in the young ones in the state.
No fewer than 10 secondary schools in the state participated in the competition, while there was exhibitions of various inventions by the pupils of the participating schools.
Some of the schools that participated in the competition, held on the campus of the varsity included the Ondo Boys High School, Hallmark Secondary School, CAC Secondary School, Pop Class College, La Salle High School, among others.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, said the competition was organised to serve as a platform to inspire young secondary school pupils to pick their interests and enhance their development in STEM discipline.
According to him, the future solution to real life problems and challenges depended on STEM, hence the need to acquaint the younger ones to it.
He added that competition had commenced and it would henceforth be an annual competition.
“We have organised this competition to give deserved attention to the STEM as we know that the future solutions to a lot of real life problems and challenges depend on it. We hope that this will also encourage our young ones to apply themselves to STEM field because not only is this is a way of finding solutions to problems and challenges, we also hope that this serves as a springboard to compete at various levels- state, federal and possibly International,” Fatusi said.
In a related development, the U.S. Consulate General has unveiled a new project aimed at empowering 300 high school girls in Osun State to pursue education and careers in STEM fields.
According to a statement on Thursday, through the project tagged ‘Osun Girls Can Code,’ 300 schoolgirls will receive training on coding, web design, and product creation, as well as all key skills needed in today’s increasingly competitive job market.
The U.S. Consul General Claire Pierangelo, noted that the six months training would foster a supportive community where the young girls could receive mentorship, network and share internship opportunities in STEM fields.
“The United States promotes the rights and empowerment of women and girls in our foreign policy, and we have invested millions of dollars to advance gender equality across sub-Saharan Africa,” Pierangelo said.