Nigeria has a shortage of women within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M) scene.
Efforts have been geared towards reversing this trend.
Consequently, one such organization Women Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC), has taken the bull by the horn.
Indeed, W.TEC graduated 54 Secondary School female students from its 11th ‘She Creates Girls Technology Camp’.
The W.TEC Communications Officer, Yemi Odutola, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.
Odutola that the camp was aimed at increasing the number of Nigerian women and girls using technology productively for learning and professional and leadership activities.
“W.TEC has rounded off its 11th She Creates Girls Technology Camp in Mainland Lagos, which ran from Aug. 5 to Aug. 18.
“The camp is a residential technology education and mentoring programme designed to inspire girls in JS2 to SS2, aged 11 years to 17 years.
“The girls will be inspired to become more confident in creating digital content and developing technology.
“The theme of this year’s camp was: ‘Keep Her Safe’, and as the theme implied, the focus of the camp was for our girls to learn more about building technology to help to keep society safe,” he said.
Odutola said that the 54 students participated in technology workshops in 3D design and printing, programming using Python, and mobile applications design using MIT app inventors.
He said that the students also engaged in website design, digital music production using R-cube, software design, Internet safety and security, and building renewable solar energy collectors.
The official said that the students also participated in career talk sessions with seasoned Nigerian women in technology.
He added that they took part in team-building exercises and excursions.
“In the career sessions, the speakers shared with the girls a wealth of motivational experiences, and advised them against unfavourable stereotypes.
“The excursion venues included Andela, where we learnt about the company’s work in grooming software development talents,” he said.
According to Odutola, the students also toured Asteaven Renewable Energy Complex, where they learned about creating solar-powered devices and the science of renewable energy.
The communications officer said the students would be invited to join W.TEC’s Technology Alumnae Group, where they would be kept abreast up of W.TEC workshops to
strengthen their technology skills.
W.TEC is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to encouraging Nigerian girls and women to use technology to empower themselves socially and economically.
The organisation does this through technology literacy training, technology-based projects, mentoring, work placement and research.