“It’s not good enough to be good if you can be great and not good enough to be great if you can be excellent!” – Precious Nisii
Believe, Begin, Become.
Those are the three words I would tell any girl child who is privileged to be participating in the 2018 Technovation Challenge to keep replaying in their mind.
For ages, the field of science has been assumed to be a male dominated area, but if you look closely, you’ll find that women have been in the science field since time in memorial! most of these women were hardly recognised for their contributions in STEM, and don’t be shocked because that stereotype and workplace gender inequality still exists even in our modern times. Despite teh lack of recognition and visibility, they’ve been influential over time and have made novel contributions to the world. For example, Ada Lovelace is often credited as being the first ever programmer because she wrote the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. Grace Hopper was the first person to compile/transate computer code into another language in the United States. She lived on to be a true inspiration and role model with many established institutions naming scholarships in her name like the Goldman Sachs Grace Hopper Scholarship, the Anita Borg Institute Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Scholarships (GHC), and many others.
In Technovation, the students learn how to solve community challenges through coding their own mobile apps (with MITapp inventor) which is a great way of introducing young girls in the field of STEM and showing young girls that they are capable of anything they set their minds to achieve. This is an awesome tech-revolution! And I am happy, proud, and honored to be part of this journey with them as a coach and mentor.
Wouldn’t you just love to see more Elon mUsks and more female Stephen Hawkins especially from our own communities? We are carving a better future for women and girls in STEM and Technovation is just one of the ways we are doing that. Join us in advocating for and driving our mantra that says it all; “Because Girls Can!”.
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Article Authored By: Precious Nisii (Trainer|Mentor|Coach|Youth Leader)