Ahafoman Senior High School has emerged as the winner of the 2023 edition of the national STEMNNOVATION competition, among 24 other schools that participated in the contest. The school presented a project on the flexible use of electricity, where they generate electrical power through a locally modified generator and accumulator connected to a solar panel to power a plant-based incubator.
For their prize, the three contestants and their coaches will embark on an all-expense-paid trip to Japan to represent Ghana in an international STEM competition next year. The students will also be awarded a full scholarship to any Engineering University in Ghana, as well as receive GHC50,000 cash from the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), a desktop computer, and a GHC20,000 life insurance cover from Glidco Insurance company.
Additionally, the three ladies who represented the school won this year’s Girls Team Award, receiving GHC5000 for their performance with other awards going to their coaches.
This year’s STEMNNOVATION competition had more than 800 Senior High, Technical, and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions participating, with the final 25 presenting their projects to a team of judges in Accra.
The competition, launched on July 3, saw all participating schools showcasing their creative potential in finding solutions to challenges confronting their immediate community or the country.
After the competition, Wesley Grammar SHS came second while Bosomtwe Girls’ STEM SHS came third.
Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, was upbeat that the skills and innovation exhibited by the various schools attested to the fact that the Free Senior High School policy and the reforms introduced into the nation’s education were yielding results. He expressed his excitement at the performance of the students, appreciating the judges and coaches for their guidance.
He also expressed appreciation to the various school heads for encouraging the students to participate in the competition. Dr Adutwum indicated that the government would continue to put in more effort into engaging various stakeholders in the country towards revamping the nation’s economy through prudent education policies.
He stated that the country stands ready to become the educational hub of Africa and urged the students to continue working hard towards becoming what they aspire to achieve in life.
Dr. Adutwum pledged to build a new science laboratory for the Ahafoman SHS for winning the competition even when they did not have a science laboratory.