By Uzoamaka Onwu
Organization for women in Science for the Developing World, OWSD says it is committed to fostering the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science and technology
The President of OWSD, University of Port Harcourt Branch, Doctor Eucharia Nwachi made this known at the closing ceremony of the three day coding and Robotics boot camp for Female Science Students in Secondary Schools organized by the organization in the institution.
Doctor Nwachi said gone are the days science is perceived as a male dominated field as the organization synergized in aligning more women into the field of science by catching them young which formed the aim of the training.
Organization for women in Science for the Developing World, OWSD is an international organization geared towards promoting participation of women Scientists and Technologists in the development of the world by changing the poor narratives around the number of women in the field of science.
University of Port Harcourt, River State as an institutional chapter of the Organization is also working towards such direction to promote women effective participation in the scientific and technological development of the country.
President of OWSD, UNIPORT branch, Doctor Eucharia said the 3 day coding and robotics boot camp provided an opportunity for young minds to be engaged with science and technological knowledge.
‘We will start now to catch them young. In the physical science where we have almost no female in this place so we catch them and get them engaged and they are creatively building this thing. You see what they did with coding. It’s a lot of efforts and critical thinking so this get them focused”
In a remark, Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku who expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the training as showcased by the students pledged to support the organization to achieve greater height.
On his part, the ninth Vice Chancellor of UNIPORT, Professor Owunari Georgewill represented by the Dean, Student’s Affairs, Doctor Chima Nwokocha urged the students to always put to practice what they have learnt.
‘I want to tell u that the only thing different from you and man is biological. You can do anything. This day we have female pilots, we have female astronaut, and we have female engineers”
Some of the students said the program provided them with more knowledge of science and technology.
‘My name is Faith Chekwa, the overall best student. I and my group created a robotic car and I also know how to do a web design. My name is Oroma Dike, it is an interesting training and I learnt a lot outside what I was thought in school’
(Picture of the students with what they created)
Participants on the training were drawn from ten public and private secondary schools in the state award presentation to deserving students as a way of encouragement.