The five finalists of the 2018 STEM Prize competition are now known, thanks to a revelation made by the Co-Chair of the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation, a Civil Society Organization in Yaoundé with the mission of ‘catalyzing Africa’s economic transformation: by focusing on social entrepreneurship, science and technology, innovation, public health, and the implementation of progressive policies that together create economic opportunities for all.’
In his declaration, Dr. Denis Foretia (the Co-Chair) stated that ‘…on behalf of our team at the Foretia Foundation, we want to thank you very much for your steadfast support. Your contributions and donations this year has directly improved the lives of hundreds of youths and women. We thank you and urge you to continue to support us.’
The five teams, made up of young men and women below 21, have been working on innovative projects to improve the living conditions in their communities and the entire country. The winning team will be announced on 8 December 2018 in Yaoundé. A total of 5 million FCFA will support these projects.
For this 2018 Edition, 48 projects coming from 5 Regions of Cameroon were received. Project applicants were from both public and private secondary schools and universities. Looking at the gender, 60% of applicants were female, whereas 40% were male. The finalists of this edition come from two Regions: Centre and North West. 81% of the finalists are female, whereas 19% are male.
On Thursday November 15, 2018 at 1:00pm at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation, evaluation of STEM Prize projects came to an end. This happened during a working session that saw the presence of three (3) evaluators, non-affiliated to the Foundation and two (2) evaluators working for the Foundation. Prior to that meeting, each evaluator was charged to come out with a list of top 10 projects from which the finalists (top 5) would be chosen. All projects were given codes and each examiner strictly followed the evaluation criteria provided by the Foundation. This helped to avoid bias and made the evaluation process objective.
Find below, the 2018 winning projects (in alphabetic order):
- Fighting Deforestation By Substituting Wood With Mini Biogas Plants In Restaurants By 2019 In Kumbo, North West Region Of Cameroon – GBHS Kumbo, Bamenda.
- Hemo Android Mobile Application – Quality International School, Yaoundé.
- Mediquick: Mobile Application To Ease Access To Healthcare Information– ICT University, Yaoundé.
- E-Learning – Mobile Application – Quality International School, Yaoundé.
- The Catalytic Dry Reforming Of Plastic Waste To Bio-Fuel – Complexe Scolaire Odza, Yaoundé.
Congratulations to all the finalists!!!
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