In the month of June, AWBNigeria organized a girls’ astronomy camp in Lumen Christi Basic Science School in Nassarawa state. The participants were selected from girls schools around Nassarawa state.
AWBNigeria continues to push STEM encouragement for girls and that drive was no different in this camp. The National Coordinator of AWBNigeria, Mrs. Olayinka Fagbemiro, gave an introductory speech to the participants highlighting AWB’s activities and the benefits of STEM Education. Engr. Yewande Adeyeye followed up with a presentation on the roles that women play in STEM and Space science.
The participants were then engaged with a flurry of science activities like building a model of the solar system, coupling galileoscopes, building satellite models, learning how to use rotors and motors and others.
There was also a science quiz competition that engaged 2 participants from each school. The winners received prices and other participants received certificates.
In the evening of May 16, 2018, the AWBNigeria team went to Air force Girls Comprehensive School, Airport road to unveil the 5 Telescopes donated to the team by Astronomers Without Borders. All the students of the school were in attendance and they were excited for the opportunity to take a look at the stars. This school participated in the recently concluded Girls Astronomers Camp at Obasanjo Space Center. One of their students, Kabir Ummulkhair Hassan, won the Astronomers Quiz prize.
The students were very organized as they waited for nightfall to take a look at the stars. As they waited, the National Coordinator of AWBNigeria, Mrs. Olayinka Fagbemiro and other AWBNigeria Team members delivered Pep Talk about AWB, Astronomy, and our activities.
On our horizon was Venus, Jupiter, Sirius and Acturus. We battled with Cloud cover as it is currently Rainy season in Nigeria. Nevertheless, the students had the opportunity to take a look at the stars.
We at AWBNigeria are very grateful to Astronomers Without Borders and all the donors for making this possible. We remain committed to spreading Astronomy throughout Nigeria and demystifying the subject of Astronomy and Space Science. Thanks and God bless!
Coming up April 28th, 2018 at University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, SpaceUp Nigeria is a one-day space unconference about the space sector, where participants decide the topics, schedule, and structure of the event. Everyone who attends SpaceUp is encouraged to give a talk, moderate a panel, or start a discussion. Sessions are proposed and scheduled on the day they’re given, which means the usual hallway conversations turn into full-fledged topics.
At SpaceUp, you will meet fellow space enthusiasts and hear from expert panelists
As in any SpaceUp event, you are also encouraged to give a presentation! We welcome the views and opinions from all participants. It’s not as scary as it might sound. Sessions at SpaceUp are conversations, just like every conversation you’ve had (or wanted to have) at any other conference. The only difference is that the sessions are planned on the spot, which means we’re sure to be talking about topics we find interesting.
The National Institute for Astrophysics, Italy interviewed our ebullient National Coordinator, Mrs. Olayinka Fagbemiro. The interview centered on the level of awareness of Astronomy in Nigeria with particular reference to Rural communities and the myths peddled on the subject matter. In the interview, she also spoke about the activities of Astronomers Without Borders Nigeria and what we aim to achieve.
You can bring STEM Education to young girls in Nigeria. Astronomers Without Borders seeks your support for our BIG (Big Impact Giving) micro-crowdfunding campaign to raise $577 to provide 5 Telescopes for an Astronomy camp specifically for girls.
Pupils of Banky’s Private School Apo visited the campus of National Space Research & Development Agency (NASRDA) on Wednesday 28 March, 2018. Engr. Bashir Yusuf and Engr. Adams Maikarfi were in charge of the lecture sessions. The pupils had the opportunity to understand the basics of Space Science and Astronomy. They received lectures on the planets of the solar system, Gravity, Weightlessness and conditions in Space, The International Space Station, Satellites and so many more.
Blooms Academy, Sun City, Abuja paid a visit to the National Space Research & Development Agency (NASRDA) Headquarters on Monday, March 26, 2018. They came to learn about the agency’s activities, astronomy, Space Science & Technology and they came with a lot of enthusiasm and intelligent questions.
Engr. Henry Ogu took the introductory session and the first lecture session. The lecture session aimed at teaching the students about the conditions in Outer Space, Gravity, Weightlessness, Satellites and Astronomy. They also learnt about the satellites that NASRDA has launched, their functions/capabilities and their major parts. A question and answer session ended the lecture. The students asked highly technical and intelligent questions and they showed great interest in Astronomy. They were encouraged to follow up on STEM related courses.
The Director of Engineering & Space Systems, Dr. Agboola and Engr. Bashir Yusuf took the last session. They lectured the students on Rockets, Nigeria Sat-1 (Earth Observatory Satellite) and entertained their questions.
The School was invited for the Young Astronomers camp coming up next month in the NASRDA HQ.