Scientific projects were submitted from different schools for an exhibition competition. In addition, the staff in the university of Sierra Leone conducted DNA extraction and microscopy techniques for the students to observe. There was also great participation and enthusiasm from lecturers, teachers and students. Lecturers from the University of Sierra Leone formed the panel of judges for the various scientific projects presented by the secondary school students.
The students also prepared power point presentations and posters of their projects and presented to the judges.
The criteria used to judge the projects included:
1. Scientific principles and applications
3. Potential for Socioeconomic development
The winners of the science exhibition were:
1st prize – Methodist Boys High School
2nd prize – Sierra Leone Grammar School
3rd prize – Sierra Leone Grammar School
Complimentary prizes included:
1. 1 computer to each participating school
2. Lab coats to all participants
3. Maths sets
5. Best teacher prize of a brand new laptop donated by the Jackson Laboratory, Maine, USA.
Also, as part of the workshop, the following were launched
1. A computer lab was set up at the University of Sierra Leone (using the computers received in Cambridge)
2. The Sierra Leone Association of Women in Science and Engineering (SLAWISE), with the support of AWISE at the University of Cambridge. SLAWISE now has the responsibility of planning annual scientific workshops.
The Sierra Leone press (TV, Radio and Newspaper) was invited to witness the award ceremony.
A Newsletter, issue No 2 (Science Education Workshop, Freetown, Sierra Leone), to publicize the event is attached to this report.
During the peak period of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, Project facilitator of Science Resources Africa, Ms Isata Sesay demonstrated Raspberry Pi-based activities as part of one-to-one tuition for secondary-school-age girls. The outcome of this was presented at the UNESCO/UN Women Mobile Learning Week in Paris, 2015. http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/themes/icts/m4ed/mobile-learning-week/symposium/using-mobile-technology-to-engage-african-women-in-science-and-mathematics-education-outcomes-of-a-trial-with-raspberry-pi/