SWE Competition Helps Girls in Nigeria Learn about Engineering
Girls from secondary schools in Lagos, Nigeria participated in a SWE competition, showcasing their engineering skills. Their projects included building an airplane prototype, creating electric power generation through resonance, and constructing an electric boat.
The competition took place in March 2015 with the goal of encouraging girls to consider engineering as a profession. Local organizations such as Kriskollins Pest Control Nigeria, James Ogunbor Education Foundation, Group of Six and WAAW Foundation collaborated with SWE and ExxonMobil to host the event. Lagos State Deputy Governor Victoria Adejoke Adefulire was represented by Engineer Adedlapo Aishida Olaolu at the event.
Several SWE members organized, judged and attended the competition. Guests included renowned feminist and Nigerian economist Keziah Awosika, who is also the the Coordinator/Director of the Women's Law and Development Center in Nigeria, and Ngozi Nwosu, who is the executive director of Vision Springs Initiative, Nigeria. Three Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria members were also present at the event.
After presentations, the judges gave their verdict with Doregos secondary school emerging as winners of the competition, Dee Unique secondary school was first runner up, and Mind Builders high school was the second runner up. Girls were presented with plaques, books and t-shirts.