Youth STEM Boot camp headlines UNESCO’s celebrations for the World Engineering Day
UNESCO Regional Offices for Southern and Eastern Africa, in partnership with the Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO hosted a 5-day STEM boot camp from 28 February to 4 March 2022, in Kigali 2022. The boot camp is held annually at the margins of the African Regional Science, Technology and Innovation Forum, and this year, the vent coincided with the week of the World Engineering Day.
UNESCO took this opportunity to ensure that the students are exposed to some of the requisite skills, knowledge and tools necessary in the engineering fields and other sciences. The boot camp focused on the introducing the concepts of Microscience Kits as applied in Physics, Chemistry and biology. It also introduced to the learners, concepts on Robotics, 3D Printing and Artificial Intelligence and how these technologies are used to solve engineering challenges of our time.
UNESCO’s celebration of the World Engineering Day will continue this week with a joint event co-organised in partnership with Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers and the University of Zimbabwe. The event is a Graduate Career Indaba to be held on the 11th of March 2022 at University of Zimbabwe. The objective of the event is to create a platform for interaction and engagement between engineering graduates and public and private sector institutions. This will assist the engineering graduates with the essential information they need to become employable engineers as well as how they utilise some of the country’s resources such as the Innovation Hubs.
The Graduate Careers Indaba will feature speakers from government, academia and private sector industry players, engaging with recent engineering graduates as well as the graduating classes from the local universities. This platform will also be rolled out to other provinces in the country as well as having regional conferences with the similar objective.