The STEM Prize was established to encourage young Cameroonians and Africans, especially girls and young women to pursue careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This competition brings together young scholars from both secondary and tertiary schools (between the ages of 13 and 21 years old) to design projects that have the greatest potential of positively changing their communities. Based on the recommendations of the evaluators and judges at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation, winners will be selected for the eventual prizes.
Goal of The STEM Prize Competition
Science and technology are becoming the most pervasive forces in our global economy and modern society. In other words, the growth and ultimately the success of any economy in these modern times depend heavily on their investment and improvement in the fields of science and technology. As our society becomes increasingly environmentally aware, health conscious, and reliant on technology, it is normal it becomes more dependent on students pursuing studies in STEM.
A few years ago, the Government of Cameroon (GoC) launched its strategy to make Cameroon an emerging economy by the year 2035. For this vision to be realised, Cameroon needs to produce more professionals in the field of STEM by increasing the number of youths studying courses in STEM from 10% to at least 30%.
Hence the aim of the STEM Prize Competition is to raise awareness on the importance of STEM to an economy and encourage more youths to get into careers in STEM, consequently, building a foundation for Cameroon’s 2035 vision to be achieved.
The STEM Prize competition will consider applications from teams/groups of 2-5 members age between 13 and 21 years old. Each team will design a project that has the greatest potential of positively improving their communities. The best projects will be chosen and the teams will be invited to spend 3 days at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation where they will participate in several educational trainings. Prizes will be given out to the successful teams at the end of the competition.
Eligibility to Participate
To be eligible for The STEM Prize Competition, applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 21 years old and be citizens of CEMAC countries (Cameroon, Chad, Central Africa Republic, Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea). An application must be made by a team or group of at least 3 people or at most 5 people.
Project proposals will follow the outline below:
- Names and Community(ies) of applicants
- Title of project
- Identification and elaboration of community problem
- Proposed solution and illicit method of solving problem based on recommendations
- Budget Planning
- Partners and timeframe of project realisation
- Evaluation of project.
Invitation to Top Teams
The top teams as chosen by the evaluators/judges will be invited to the foundation’s headquarters in Yaoundé to participate in an intensive 3-day workshop full of training on research, career guidance, and project implementation. These trainings will be carried out by experts in these fields.
A total of 5,000,000 FCFA (approximately $10,000 USD) will be awarded in prizes and will be distributed as follows:
- Winning team: 1,500,000 FCFA ($3000 USD)
- 1st Runner Up: 1,000,000 FCFA ($2000 USD)
- 2nd Runner Up: 500,000 FCFA ($1000 USD)
- Other individual prizes: 2,000,000 FCFA ($4000 USD)
The foundation will work with all winning teams to get their projects up and running.
- 02 Jun 2016: Official Online Launching of STEM Prize.
- 02 Jun 2016 – 30 Sept 2016: Registration and submission of proposals by candidates.
- 01 Jul 2016 – 30 Sept 2016: Publicity of program and event through media (TV & Radio).
- 01 Jul 2016 – 30 Sept 2016: Communication using talks, online posts and flyers to student bodies and target groups.
- 01 Oct 2016 – 07 Oct 2016: Review and shortlisting of top projects.
- 10 Oct 2016: Official invitations sent to top teams.
- 25 Oct 2016 – 27 Oct 2016: 3 day training event for shortlisted teams.
- 17 Oct 2016 – 24 Oct 2016: Final planning of award ceremony.
- 28 Oct 2016: Award’s Ceremony
Tah Tabod and Annette Mogoum are the Coordinators of The STEM Prize. They can be reached using the email [email protected]