What we do

Infinity Girls in Space Project (IGSP)

July 8, 2022 to August 31, 2023

Sponsor: U.S. Embassy in Ghana

Partners: African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Ghana, FIRST Global

The Infinity Girls in Space Project provides a four month educational enrichment program for girls in under-served public senior high schools to explore satellite technology and expand their awareness, confidence and capabilities to innovate and pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses and careers. Over 100 girls from 37 senior high schools (in three cohorts) will learn about the structural, electrical, software, sensing, data, and launch subsystems of a CubeSat prototype. They will also learn how to plan missions and analyze data. They will then use Arduino kits and 3D technology to design, build, program, and launch their CubeSat prototypes into the lower layers of the Earth’s atmosphere to provide feasible solutions to the local needs of their communities. CubeSats are space-ready cube nanosatellites with a standardized unit size of 10 cm3 that are launched into space using rockets.

Scaling Readiness Project in Ansafona (Central Region)

Sponsors: Jacobs Foundation, Reach for Change

Partner: MEST Africa

FIRST Global Challenge (FGC)

As the partner agency for the challenge, STEMbees selects and mentors the Ghana team of female high school students (aged 14-18)  to participate in this Olympics-style Robotics competition.  Each year, a different challenge takes centre stage to foster understanding and cooperation among the youth of the world as they use their abilities to solve the world’s problems.

2019 - October 24 to 27 (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Theme: Ocean Opportunities

Team: 4 students (Wesley Girls' High School and Methodist Girls' High School)

Team Ranking: 140th out of 189

Supporters: Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service

2018 - August 15 to 18 (Mexico City, Mexico)

Theme: Energy Impact

Team: 5 students (Wesley Girls' High School)

Team Ranking: Unable to attend due to travel issues.

Partners: WaxPrint Media, Pulse Ghana

Sponsors: National Communication Authority, Carbon, Lancaster University Ghana, YOLO Experience, Ampersand Technologies LLC

2017 - July 16 to 18 (Washington D.C, USA)

Theme: Providing access to clean water

Team: 6 students (Archbishop Porter Girls' Senior High School)

Team Ranking: 66th out of 163

Partners: Pulse Ghana, Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation

Past Projects and Activities

Build a bot Summer camp

July 15-26, 2019
Sponsor: The e-Ananse Library at the BabyNest School
Partner: ORION (Omnified.org)

Students learned the basics of drafting and building LEGO robots and were introduced to basic programming logic to program their own robots. This 10-day summer camp concluded with a robotics tournament, field  and talk with STEM professionals.

Pan-African Robotics Competition (PARC)

July 3-6, 2019

Hosted in Accra, Ghana- STEMbees joined other teams from Africa to participate in the PARC Stars League. Represented by 5 students from the Methodist Girls’ High School in Mamfe, the team was tasked to build a robot that assembled the city’s pipeline, and transfer water to the drain to be sent to the pump station. The theme for the 2019 edition was “Resilient Cities”. This competition provided us with our first VEX Robotics kit and access to MATLAB. It was also exciting to connect with other African countries through STEM.

Electronic Thermometer Project

February to April, 2018
Partners: FraserValley Makers, Ampersand Technologies LLC

The Fraser Valley MakerSpace (FVMakers) has partnered with STEMbees to create learning opportunities for young girls through STEM learning. To build healthy and sustainable communities, we understand the importance of bridging the gender gap within STEM related fields. Inspiring young minds at a young age is part of the mission of both organizations. To empower girls through an increased access to opportunities, FVMakers and STEMbees will work together to build first aid kits using STEM principles.

Codebus Africa

February 14-17, 2017
Sponsor: Nokia
Partners: Embassy of Finland in Abuja, Aalto University, MEST Africa

CodeBus Africa was a 100-day adventure into creative technology and youth empowerment – part of Finland’s 100th independence celebration and the official Finland 100 programme. The workshops introduced the youth in 10 African countries to Sonic Pi – a coding app for creating music. Codebus’ first stop was Ghana with participants from 6 schools: St Mary’s RC Girls Basic School, LAS Liberty School, St Michael and All Angels Anglican Basic School, New Life Fellowship Institute, American International School, and British International School.

Ms.Cyber Savvy

November 25 & 28-30, 2016
Sponsor: African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF)

As part of the “16 days of Activism against Gender-based Violence(GBV), we run the Ms. Cyber Savvy project to educate Ghanaian women and girls about digital safety, including effective digital social networking, safe posting of personal information, digital relationships and Cyber-bullying. Participants were YWCA members and students of the YWCA Vocational School.

Hour of Code 2015

December 12, 2015
Sponsors: Penplusbytes, Liberty Professionals F.C.
Partner: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Ghana

Participants were from the St Mary’s RC Girls Basic School and South Labone Girls Vocational Training Centre. The tutorial featured Star Wars characters Rey and Princess Leia, both women, as coaches helping students write code to program droids BB-8, C-3PO, and R2-D2. Our guests included Funmi Onuma (Country Manager, SIlverBird Entertainment Ghana), Dorothy Gordon (Director-General, AITI-KACE), Jacqueline Dikedi (Penplusbytes), Patience Anobil (AFS Ghana) and Kofi (Reach for Change Ghana). Their presence and participation made a strong statement that Ghanaian women in STEM are ready to teach our girls critical 21st century skills and support them in their dreams.

FreelunchGh Maths Workshops

November 7, 21 & 28, 2015
Partner: FreelunchGh

Throughout November 2015, we supported FreelunchGh to make Maths fun and engaging for the kids they work with. FreelunchGh is a non-profit that engages over 300 children from low socio-economic communities in active learning besides providing free meals. We facilitated workshops at the three community libraries they work with: Adabraka (Ghana Free Community Library), Anoff (Street Library Ghana) and Korle Gonno (Korle Community Library). Activities included Maths checkers, multiplying Fractions using playing cards, Maths Equation search (similar to Word search) and telling the time using building blocks.

Africa Code Week

October 2, 2015
Sponsors: SAP, Google, Liberty Professionals F.C.
Partner: MEST

This one-day coding workshop was possible with support from Google and an amazing group of volunteer mentors, most of which were entrepreneurs-in-training (EITs) and fellows at MEST. Using Google’s CS First training materials, the girls from our club at the St. Mary’s RC Basic School were able to create animated stories and complete the High Seas Activity with the Scratch program. The Africa Code Week is a continental initiative aimed at bringing hundreds of coding workshops to 20,000 kids and youth from 3 different age groups (8-11, 12-17 and 18-24). The belief behind this initiative is simple: coding is a new language every child deserves to be fluent in.

Penplusbytes ICT Training for Girls

October & November, 2015
Sponsor/Partner: Penplusbytes

The training scheme was designed to introduce basic ICT skills to 200 girls from the South Labone Girls Vocational Training Centre. This was a roll out of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Penplusbytes, STEMbees and the South Labone Girls Vocational Training Centre to contribute to redressing the gender divide that has less women in ICT skills development and use, and empower women and girls to also leverage on ICT and its many benefits.

Hour of Code with YWCA

July 28, 2015
Sponsor/Partner: YWCA of Ghana

Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Ghana partnered with us to introduce 20 girls from their Teens Club to Computer Science. Two hours of going through the Code.org’s Angry Birds tutorial with the girls exposed them to the wonders of technology and how they could contribute to it through computer science. Our mentors were from the Research Academies for Women – Ghana (RAWG).

Code with Vodafone

March 21, 2015
Sponsor: Vodafone Ghana Foundation

This workshop was part of Vodafone’s “Bring a cheer to your Community” initiative. This was held for the SOS Children’s Village in Tema and introduced over 70 children to Computer Science using resources from Code.org’s Hour of Code tutorials featuring Disney’s Frozen Anna and Elsa, and the Angry Birds. A cash donation of GHS 3,000 was also made to support the school fees of 50 girls at the SOS Children’s Village, Tema.

Coders Hive

January 5-10, 2015
Sponsors: Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) - Institute of International Education, YWCA of Ghana, Liberty Professionals F.C., CentreLink Hostel

This 5-day residential camp introduced 50 young ladies (ages 9-17) to computer programming and engineering to expose them to the fascinating world of STEM. The camp was structured around educational forum with 3 professional women in technology, introduction to web development (HTML & CSS) and hands-on activities with Makey-Makey, Raspberry Pi and Arduino kits.

The students were from the Jack and Jill School, Korle Gonno RC Girls Basic School and YWCA Ghana. The girls also visited the MEST Incubator and iSpace Ghana.

Hour of Code 2014

December 13, 2014
Sponsors: Kenny Andam (CEO/President of OS Petro, Inc.), Liberty Professionals F.C., YWCA of Ghana

Our 1st Hour of Code event had Actress and TV personality, Ama K. Abebrese, joining girls from the St Mary’s RC Girls Basic School and the YWCA of Ghana to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The ladies went through both the online tutorial featuring Disney’s Frozen’s Anna and Elsa and the unplugged version: My Robotics Friends.

STEMbees Launch

July 21-22, 2014
Sponsors: MEST Africa, Dr. Jamie Bracey, Nana Yaw Essuman, Liberty Professionals F.C.

We held our first STEM workshop with 30 beautiful and smart girls from the Korle-Gonno RC Girls Basic School. Over 2 days, we made working instruments like pianos out of bananas and guitars out of cardboard using the Makey-Makey kit, and learned to type and use Microsoft’s Excel and PowerPoint. Our speakers, Ekua Odoom, M.D of MEST and Anne Amuzu, CEO of Nandimobile also inspired us all with their stories about working in the technology field.

SiSTEM Program

Our Sisters in STEM (SiSTEM) clubs are after-school programs for Junior High School (JHS) girls. They include presentations to introduce STEM professions in a compelling and real-life way with related hands-on modelling and tinkering activities.

The Junior SiSTEM 1

The Junior SiSTEM 1 introduces to our young STEMbees the necessity and benefits of a STEM Education and guides them to explore various STEM careers and related concepts. Included are discussions and awareness sessions on Leadership, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), and Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

The Junior SiSTEM 2

The Junior SiSTEM 2 introduces the students to simple machines and mechanisms using LEGO Education resources. They explore and understand the operation of simple and compound machines used in our everyday lives.

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