STEMi Makers Africa and the USA Consulate General train Educators in STEM

Amanda Obidike
Posted January 2, 2020
(M) Russell Brooks, Public Affairs Officer of USA Consulate General, Lagos and Amanda Obidike, Executive Director of STEMi Makers Africa


In a quest to cultivate a world-class STEM workforce by improving Educator's competence with modern STEM Integrated tools and Innovation in Classrooms, STEMi Makers Africa partnered with the United States of America Consulate General, Lagos to train 100 Educators from three Underserved Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State, Nigeria. This project was also supported by IBM and held in its Innovation Center, Churchgate Towers, Victoria Island on the 26th to 29th of November 2019.


Educators were offered a rigorous, diverse, hands-on workshop training in Design Thinking, Additive Manufacturing, Data analytics, AI, Space Science, Capacity Building, Digital skills, Applied pedagogies in practical teaching by STEMi Makers Africa, Stimulating Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence by andI Innovation Bringing ideas to life.

A total of 84 Educators and Guests were present on the first day and 100 Educators/Guests present on the last day of the event. These Educators were selected from 32 Pre-tertiary schools in Ojo, Amuwo-Odofin and Ifelodun Ajeromi Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State. One of the objectives of this project is to "Train-the-Trainer" and build Educators with exemplary practices who will serve as STEM Ambassadors for promoting STEM Education in their respective schools by Training their fellow colleagues and expanding the learning Community for effective sharing and knowledge transfer of practical Education.

The Public Affairs Officer of the US Consulate General; Lagos, Russell Brooks was present on the first and last day of the program. He spoke to Educators about the importance of STEM Education. He cited examples of emerging technologies and how they are shaping today's world. "The world is moving at a very fast pace and may not wait for Nigeria to catch up with it". He further encouraged these Educators to embrace applied Innovation in teaching to stimulate better learning in their Students.

Educators were also introduced to the IBM Digital Nations Africa platform where they can access free Courses, professional opportunities and develop solutions given STEM resources.

Amanda Obidike, the Strategy Lead for STEMi Makers Africa emphasized that STEM Integration and Development Training for Educators is enabling Educators to be risk-takers, to redefine failure, to collaborate, and think deeply on what will actually better prepare young Scholars for assessments than traditional models of learning. We want them to be thinkers. When they apply innovation and design thinking, they empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test — to design and build their own bridges.

The project objective was also to prepare Educators who will serve as mentors and assist young Students with transferable skills effective to deliver Economic opportunities for Communities to flourish and match world-standard pathways.

At the end of the 4-day Workshop training, these Educators assured STEMi Makers Africa and the Public Affairs Officer of the US Consulate that they will start Science clubs in their schools and redesign their Curriculum to stimulate effective learning.

The STEMi Makers Africa had proud partners who contributed to the Successful planning and execution of the program. They are the United States of America Consulate General, Lagos, the IBM, Calal Global, TheAfricanDream LLC. USA, Nestlé Waters, STAMPAR3D, Design 460, NASA, Space Generation Advisory Council, Desert Bloom Advisory, Fields of Skills and Dreams VTE.


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Tamarack Verrall
Jan 02
Jan 02

This is great news. Wonderful faces. I hope that many women are able to get into this whenever it is offered. It sounds like an excellent leadership training program.

Hello, Amanda,

I agree with Tam. This is truly great news! Congratulations STEMi Makers Africa!

Jan 03
Jan 03

Absolutely, great news Amanda :-). Thanks for sharing to inspired the community
I hope you are personally doing very well as I am too.
Warm regards

Jill Langhus
Jan 03
Jan 03

Hi Amanda,

Congrats on your first post and successful training program. Is this the first of its kind for STEMi Makers Africa? Does your organization focus on women and men alike? I'm looking forward to seeing more about you and your work, too.

Hope you have a great day and weekend.

Beth Lacey
Jan 03
Jan 03

Thanks for sharing

Anita Shrestha
Jan 04
Jan 04


Jan 06
Jan 06

Congrats Amanda,and for your first post too.Hope you get more opportunities do explore.

Jan 06
Jan 06

Hello Amanda!
Great job you are doing out there. Empowering these youths is the greatest you can ever give the community. Enabling educators to be risk takers is removing fear from them which allows them to take a bold steps. Thanks for sharing and more grease.

Shofali Agarwal
Jan 16
Jan 16

Great job Amanda!

Jan 18
Jan 18

Education is still key to any endeavors we have for the future. Developing future leaders rooted to the continent.

Good luck