The College of Engineering (CoE) of KNUST, with support from Vodafone Ghana, held its second Cygnus Engineering Summer Camp senior high students. The camp promotes interest in studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
It also targets increasing female student enrolment numbers in engineering. During the summer break, the camp convenes high achieving senior high students for a life changing experience.
Participants tour engineering and science labs, participate in Vodafone Coding Clinics, get hands-on experience in engineering and science projects, participate in mentoring sessions and other project-based learning.
Professor Mark Adom-Asamoah, Provost of College of Engineering (CoE) at KNUST, Prof. Mark Adom-Asamoah announced that Vodafone Ghana supported this year’s edition of the program with critically needed funding and other support systems for 300 students (260 females and 40 males) from 21 secondary schools across Ghana.
Prof. Adom-Asamoah said female students make up less than 15 percent of students at the College of Engineering, the majority of the 20 percent of students who graduate with first class honors are women. Prof. Adom-Asamoah also noted that women students finish tops in six out of 15 programs offered by the College of Engineering.
Mr. Ebenezer Amankwah, Corporate Relations Manager of Vodafone Ghana
noted that the male to female ratio in STEM education in Ghana was 6:1. Yet, he noted that the few women so excel in their fields, that it is wise to encourage girls to pursue STEM programs at an early age.
The participating schools included:
- St. Louis, Opoku Ware
- Kumasi Anglican
- Kumasi High
- Kumasi Academy,
- Osei Kyeretwie
- Kumasi Wesley Girls
- Osei Tutu
- St. Monica’s and
- T.I Ahmadiyya Senior High Schools.
Credits: KNUST, University Relations Office