The Visiola Foundation’s STEM Summer Camp is an exciting week-long residence program designed to expose students to STEM fields from an early age. The 2019 STEM Summer Camp held on August 17 – 24, 2019 in Abuja.
The camp themed A Renewable Future exposed students to the diverse renewable energy options available in Nigeria, while helping them harness this potential for economic growth and development. Students were taught the science behind solar power and had the opportunity to build demo projects to generate electricity using solar, hydro and turbine, and install basic solar systems.
The summer camp comprised engaging classroom coursework, practical team activities, stimulating games, and a group project. Students learnt how to build renewable energy sources such as wind turbine, solar lawn mower, hand generator, moving sign boat pulley, motorized fan and court light system. They were also taught basic concepts in computer programming, science and math behind each project and engineering, all while having fun!
Furthermore, the camp exposed students to professionals in STEM fields including Dr. Esu Ozak (Young Woman Engineer of the year 2017) and Mr. Seun Solesi (President, Anova Logistics, LLC) who shared their journey into STEM and presented insights on building a successful career in STEM. Students also enjoyed an educational visit to Blue Camel Energy, a Renewable Energy Company in Abuja, learned Krump dance and participated in martial arts self-defense classes.
At the end of the camp, students worked in five (5) groups building the following projects: solar-powered compound, wind farm, solar-powered robotic lawn mower, wind powered pulley system and a solar-powered robot pulley.
“This camp has been inspiring. I learnt the various ways in which renewable energy can provide solutions to power problems in my country” Glory (17)
“I learnt how to make machines that were powered by renewable energy sources. I felt great.” Amarachi (15)
“It was an awesome experience for me. I had the privilege of speaking with seasoned experts in the field of STEM and that improved my confidence.” Precious (15)