We have launched our maiden book, STEM WOW Chronicles at a tech event which brought together Project iSWEST Alumni and members of the Ghanaian STEM and Tech Community in general.
The event, themed Celebrating 5 Years of Nsesa’s Innovation Revolution Agenda sought to celebrate Nsesa Foundation’s impact over the last 5 years and was held at the Impact Hub, Accra on 5th January, 2019 with the main agenda being to launch our STEM WOW Chronicles book.
During the event, our President, George Boateng recounted the beginnings of Nsesa Foundation from 2014 and the impact we have made till now. Our Alumni and members also shared stories of their innovations and achievements and how our programmes have impacted them positively. Also In attendance were representatives from many STEM organizations in Ghana including Ghana Code Club, GHScientific, Starters Tech, National Society of Black Engineers among others who presented on the work they were doing in the field of STEM in Ghana.
Background of STEM WOW Chronicles
Since 2013, we have worked hard to achieve our goal of spurring an “Innovation Revolution” in Africa through our programmes. In 2018, we launched STEM WOW.
STEM WOW (STEM Woman of the Week) seeks to tell the stories of young inspirational African women on the continent and in the diaspora who are achieving great feats in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Every week, a new woman is featured on our website and on social media channels.
At the end of 2018, STEM WOW featured 48 women from 14 different countries and had a total reach of over 430,000 on Facebook. In 2018, STEM WOW won the Anita Borg Pass It On Award where we received a grant of $1000 which was put into compiling and the stories of these women into a book, which we aptly called STEM WOW Chronicles.
Launching of STEM WOW Chronicles
After a brief presentation by our STEM WOW Lead, Princess Allotey, STEM WOW Chronicles was declared duly launched.
We donated a number of copies of the book to the African Science Academy, a new, girls-only Advanced Level school for maths and science, Legacy Girls’ College and Reading Spots. It is our hope that as the girls read and reflect on these amazing stories, they will be inspired to take on more roles in the field of STEM and help reduce the gender disparity when it comes to STEM.
We hope to publish a 2nd edition of STEM WOW Chronicles in 2019 and continue our efforts to create a state where young people across the length and breadth of Africa are developing innovative solutions to problems in their communities using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Launching of Nsesa Foundations 2019 Programmes
In addition to launching STEM WOW Chronicles, we also took the opportunity to launch the 2019 editions of our 3 main programmes; Project iSWEST, SuaCode and STEM WOW.
Project iSWEST is a 3-week intensive innovation boot camp for high school students in Ghana where participants are given hands-on training in computer and Arduino programming, innovation and entrepreneurship.
SuaCode is a mobile-based online coding course to teach millions of people across the African continent how to code; introducing learners to basic coding in the Processing language using their smartphones.
Nsesa Foundation and Team Nsesa
Nsesa Foundation is an educational nonprofit whose vision is to spur an “Innovation Revolution” in Africa, a movement in which young Africans are building solutions to problems around them using STEM. We are led by team of innovators who are building budding careers in the field of STEM. They are :
President – George Boateng (Computer Scientist & Engineer, PhD Candidate ETH Zurich)
Vice President for Operations – Isaac Sesi (Electrical Engineer, CEO of Sesi Technologies)
Vice President for Finance & Administration – Victor Kumbol (Pharmacist, Master’s Student, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology)