GhScientific, a Non-Governmental Organization on November 10 2016 had a closing ceremony for one of its project; Shaping Healthy Attitudes and Protecting the Environment popularly known as the SHAPE Project at the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE), Roman Ridge, Accra. During the closing ceremony, 16 schools grouped into 8 teams showcased their projects. These projects were mainly focused on solving problems within their immediate environment. Not only were their projects innovative and creative but also the proved right the assertion that science and mathematics is easy and fun as long as you set your mind to it.
The projects presented by the 8 teams focused on;
- Impact of Poor Human Waste Disposal by the Blessed Blue Kings.(La Anglican Basic School)
- You are what you breathe by Scholars of Nativity. (Nativity Presbyterian Basic School)
- Alternative Solid Waste Management by the Eco-Warriors (Eco-Warriors)
- Creating Sustainable Environment Clubs by Barnstormer (Gaku International School)
- The Effect of Carbon Cycle Disruptions by the Sparkling Stars of Science (Garrison Basic School)
- A story of Water, Waste and Market Places by Agents of Change (Gbawe Cluster of Schools).
- Air Pollution in Urban Communities.
- Alternative Approaches to reducing Impact of Mosquitoes on Health by Youth Environment Activists St. Joseph’s the Worker Basic School.
In the end, the project; Alternative Waste Management and Segregation presented by Light of the World School won the Award for the Most Practical Project. The Blessed Blue Kings of La Anglican Basic School won the Award for the Most Innovative Project which focused on the Impact of Poor Human Waste Disposal and finally the Youth Environmental Activists won the award for Best Presentation. The 3 teams received a plaque each and along with the 5 five remaining teams received a bag full of goodies.
Pacesetters in the science field graced the closing ceremony some of them included Diana Akrong, Jorge Appiah of Kumasi Hive and Creativity Group, Cordie Aziz of Environment360 and the infamous Prof. Elsie Kauffman who gave a heartfelt talk on the Future of Innovation. She did not hesitate to applaud the work being done by GhScientific and hoped that the project would be expanded to more schools to promote STEM education. Other dignitaries such as Mr. Andrew Quaning of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Scientific Coordinator of Ghana Science Association (GSA) Mr. Sylvanus Sebuava graced the ceremony.
GhScientific was established in 2014 and is focused on promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education in the country. Currently it is the voice of the scientific community in Ghana. Its motto is to bring STEM education from the lab bench to the community hence the launch of the SHAPE project on December 2 2015 in collaboration with the Ghana Science Association at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research. The SHAPE project is also supported by the Wellcome Trust, a biomedical research charity based in London, described by the Financial Times as the United Kingdom’s largest provider for scientific research. Apart from the SHAPE project, GhScientific has the Science Book Tour where they circulate STEM-themed books in schools. The organization is passionate about building and engaging the community with STEM education and is currently opened for membership. To register or for more information, visit www.ghscientific.com or follow them across all social media platforms to find out about their next project.