Our new series, Women to Watch, features remarkable African women who use their platform to drive impact.
This week's Woman to Watch Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu. Uchenna is a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, 2018 Obama Foundation African Leader and the founder of Edufun Technik STEM & Robotics Hub, which specializes in creating educational solutions for children and youth to help them plan and learn STEM through a child-friendly hands-on approach. Their vision is to stir up the love of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in children and youth from primary school onward. The program is aimed at developing learners’ logical thinking and creativity. It also encourages innovative thinking while introducing them to a successful foundation in the field of STEM at a very early age.
Since 2014, she has led and mentored approximately 4,800 children — over 60% of whom have been young girls — as a means of closing the widening gender gap in STEM education.
With over 5-years experience in STEM curriculum development and implementation of gender-enhancing STEM education for children/youth in resource-limited/under-privileged communities in Nigeria, Uchenna serves as a consultant for schools on matters relating to STEM/Robotics Education. Seeing STEM as the aid we all need to foster the technological inventions and innovations, she leverages learning with play in STEM.
In 2018, Team Save a Soul, a team of five students from the Regina Pacis Secondary School Onitsha in Anambra State, mentored by Uchenna, won Gold at the 2018 Technovation Challenge World Pitch Summit in Silicon Valley, California.
"I am very passionate about bringing technology to the door step of children in rural communities and socio-economic development of Africa," Uchenna says. She believes that STEM education is the only way to achieve societal development in Nigeria and beyond.
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