Mombasa Girls in STEM project is sponsored by the U.S. State Departments Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund . TechWomen 2014 alum are the first alumni group in Kenya to win this fund. Mombasa Girls in STEM program aims to have women professionals from Mombasa train 150 high school girls on a STEM-based curriculum.
This approach will not only help demystify STEM subjects among girls but will also strengthen the capacity of existing female professionals by having them train the students and help them design a project to be presented at a STEM fair at the end of the one year project.
At the STEM fair, students will present their designed solution to a community problem in Mombasa with the aim of having local government leaders judge the feasibility of the solutions designed by the girls and consider implementing the winning solution.
The Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund project by TechWomen 2014 ‘Mombasa Girls in STEM Solve IT’ was launched on Saturday 12th December on Kenya’s Independence Day at the Swahili Cultural Center in Mombasa. The purpose of the launch was to create a platform for professionals who had applied to become Trainers of Trainers (ToTs) to learn more about the project; its objectives and future plans.
The launch was graced by Mr Mahmoud Noor, Head of CSR at SEACOM and board member of the Mombasa Tech community, Joash Amemba, Tola Software Developer, Open Build and Mercy Corps and Jamadar Ali, ICT Director, Mombasa County. Among the audience were invited trainer applicants, 2015 Technovation participants from Mombasa and members of the Mombasa tech community.
Mahmoud Noor delivered his keynote address where he spoke on the need to continuously encourage the participation of all youth in activities that develop Mombasa tech community. Joash Amemba also offered an enlightening talk on innovation opportunities in the humanitarian field and demonstrated the use of Spark Innovation Kits that his organization, Open.Build Hacker Space is facilitating the provision of for the project. Jamadar Ali, spoke briefly on the support he would ensure the county offers to the successful implementation of the project. Debriefs and introductions from the hosts TechWomen Kenya and their local partners Pwani Teknowgalz followed and included the curriculum breakdown.