STEM Uganda Girls Camp at RAN


    Makerere University School of Public Health – ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Innovation Lab partnered with the Stem Uganda Girls Camp 2016 to host an event for the young girl campers at the RAN Innovation Lab. It was about 10:30am EAT on a bright Monday morning of January 25, 2016 when the ‘Stem girls’ arrived at the Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Innovation Lab. We welcomed over 53 participants for the event who included entrepreneurs, mentors, Coordinators of the Stem Camp, parents, and partners from Akorion, Google, Lacel, and also Mt. St. Mary’s Namagunga who hosted the camp for three weeks. This was the last day of the camp and the girls were finally going to pitch their innovations. This event was very remarkable and exciting both for the stem girls and the other participants who attended this wonderful event at RAN.

    The Stem Uganda 2016 Girls’ Camp is a training program designed to incorporate both stem principles and project-based learning opportunities; so that participants acquire hands-on experiences with the lessons, they are learning. It is spearheaded by Lacel Technologies, which is supported by US Mission and in partnership with organizations such as ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), Women Tech-makers, Google Uganda, Zimba Women, Peace Corps and Akorion. The idea behind the Stem is to empower girls with the knowledge of computer programming, Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Health Life Choices skills.

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    RAN Bridge Span In Pader


    In a bid to bridge the gap between innovators and the community, a team from ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) visited Pader district to interact with the community and learn about Creative Community Building (CCB). This was a capacity building training session that was made possible by Rockefeller through BridgeSpan implemented by D-Labs at MIT. The team comprising of RAN staff and innovators from Electronic Dollar A Day (EDAD), Kungula Thresh-it, Improved Push and Pull and The Earthworm Project set off from RAN, Kololo on Monday, 18 January for a three-day workshop.

    For any innovator to relate with the community challenges and solutions there has to discipline of listening and information gathering.

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