STEM METS HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF STEM EDUCATION, ALTERNATIVE LEARNING
Lagos, March, 2018–STEM METS Resources, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused social enterprise in Nigeria, has reiterated its commitment to STEM Education in the country, through a strategic partnership with Airbus Foundation, makers of commercial aircraft Airbus.
This enterprise encourages students to be better problem solvers, innovators, and creative thinkers, while preparing them for varying careers in the future workplace
STEM METS is an organization which was founded on the premise, of creating a diverse way of learning, and to empower young students in Nigeria with skills required for the future global workplace. This organization is committed to nurturing,enriching and inspiring young minds by providing quality, innovative, alternative educational learning platforms.
The mission for STEM METS is introduce STEM based programs and activities to children aged 3-16 across Nigeria which will inspire innovation and creativity
Established in 2014, with over 4000 students reached in 12 schools, STEM METS Resources started its first initiativerunning the Bricks4kidz program in schools in January 2014.This initiativeengages studentsusing LEGO Bricks to deliver high quality, educational play that translates to learning; and also through several enrichment holiday workshops and clubs. Till date, the organisation has hosted 42 workshopsoffered as after school classes, holiday camps and field trips.
Most recently, the company has partnered with Airbus Foundation,a subsidiary of Airbus,to administer its robotics and aviation program to youths aged 11-16, through its workshop calledAirbus the Little Engineer Workshop A380. The goal of the partnership is to support Nigeria’s efforts in creating a sustainable pipeline of talent for Africa, encouraging students to embrace technology, and ignite a passion in them that can grow into a STEM career.
Speaking about the organization, founder, STEM METS Resources Jadesola Adedeji, said “STEM is the future for development in Africa and we believe that it is one of the tools needed to fully create a generation of innovators and contribute to sustainable economic development of our nation, Nigeria.
There’s a disconnect between skills required for the future workplace and skills our graduates possess as they enter the workforce – these skills need to be developed in early childhood education and our curricula in Nigeria also needs to reflect this. It is also very important as a nation, to identify the importance of alternative learning for students and teachers in our schools. Through practical STEM education, young students will be equipped with hands-on skills, to prepare them for their future, and the future of Nigeria as a whole.”
STEM METS Resources also supports governments, businesses and schools in developing strategic programs targeted at increasing students’ engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.