AWBNigeria STEM Outreach at Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja

On Friday, 6th May, 2022 AWB Nigeria in collaboration with Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja organized a STEM outreach at the school. The event, which had in attendance, the Director of Education and Public Engagement of the Associated Universities Incorporated (AUI), Dr Timothy Spuck was the Guest speaker. De Spuck manages the development and implementation of innovative STEM education efforts at the AUI.
The event started with a tour of the school campus by the Guest Speaker and the AWB team. Dr Spuck gave a talk on Career Opportunities in STEM. He commended the school and teachers especially for raising complete students in terms of the various exposure to Tech, arts and sports. He sensitized the kids on how to actualize their dreams in the nearest future. The students also had the opportunity to ask questions about STEM in general.
Dr Spuck was taken through the display of the various tech projects by the students of Premiere Academy, the visiting team was greatly impressed. The meeting ended with a tree-planting in honour of the Guest Speaker.

Astronomy Outreach Jabi Lake

On the 7th of May 2022, the Astronomers Without Borders (AWB Nigeria) group held an outdoor star gazing activity to participate in marking the Global Astronomy Month ( GAM). This took place in Abuja Nigeria at the Jabi Lake Mall , a location with beautiful scenery which was very conducive for the event because it gave room for lots of people who visited the Mall to be able to participate in the star gazing event.
Many of the guests were seeing a telescope for the first time and had no idea that the moon looked quite different from how they viewed it in the sky with their plain sight. It was a moment filled with lots of “wow”s and “Aha”s. The Chairman of the Board, Astronomers Without Borders International, Mr. Tim Spuck who happened to be in Nigeria at the time also graced the event and took part in enlightening the audience abo

ut the marvels of space and the bodies/objects out there.

AWB Outreach to Premiere Academy Lugbe Abuja.

AWB had their first STEM Outreach for the year 2022 when the team visited Premiere Academy, Lugbe Abuja for the maiden edition of their Technology Day on 29th January, 2022.
The National Coordinator of AWB, Ms Olayinka Fagbemiro who was the Guest Speaker at the event commended the school for coming up with the program which provided an opportunity for the participants, comprising of pupils of Premiere Academy and other invited schools to have a first hand experience of a career talk in Tech.

The pupils displayed some of their Tech Projects which were very impressive. There was a Tech competition among the invited schools which saw kids display their knowledge of Technology.

The National Coordinator of AWB in her speech encouraged the pupils to follow their passion in Tech. She reiterated the need for schools across Nigeria to put more efforts into encouraging young kids to take up interest in Tech.

“In the effort to bridge the gap that currently exists in STEM in Africa, all stakeholders need to come up with more ingenious ways of making STEM more fun for kids”

The AWB team displayed some Astronomical hardware for the pupils to see. Also, there was a Solar gazing session with telescopes and solar glasses.

The AWB team was happy to have impacted the kids a great deal and look forward to more collaborations with the school.

IDP Children Astronomy Outreach Project

We launched our 2nd Project at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp on the 13th March, 2021. Another Solar Powered Astronomy Learning Hub for teaching STEM to IDP kids. This project is very strategic for the AWB Nigeria in her quest to popularize Astronomy and using it as a tool to create awareness on STEM among school kids as well as the disadvantaged kids who have been affected by the Insurgency in the North Eastern Region of Nigeria. This is made possible with the support of our Partners; Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), Cape Town, SSVI, Brussels. Special thanks also to the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Office of the Speaker of the National Assembly and the many wonderful Volunteers that made this project a huge success!

AstroArt Competition organized by the Ohio State University Department of Astronomy!!!

I am also thrilled to announce the winners of our first ever AstroArt Competition, hosted through Ohio State Astronomy! We had 68 participants from 5 countries and 3 continents. The ages of our competitors ranged from 4 to 71 years old. We received everything from sculptures, drawings, jewelry, and paintings, to edible astronomy chocolates, solar system nail art, astronaut snowmen, and more! A collage featuring one image from each person can be found below:

IAU President visits…

On Friday, May 24, 2019, the IAU president, Ewine van Dishoeck came on a working visit to the West African Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (WA-ROAD). She was hosted at the National Space Research & Development Agency, Obasanjo Space Center, Abuja, Nigeria.

Her first engagement was a closed door session with the management of the National Space Research & Development Agency and WA-ROAD. Astronomers Without Borders Nigeria organized a Space Science & Astronomy quiz for about 200 high school students, who were anticipating the chance to see the IAU president. After the meeting, she made a presentation that denoted,’We are all world citizens under the same beautiful sky,’ to a hall full of high school students, who eagerly anticipated the opportunity to listen to her. She had a barrage of questions from the students afterwards, and she gracefully answered every single question presented to her. After the question & answer session, she presented prizes to the top 10 students in the quiz competition.

The IAU president proceeded to the National Space Museum, where she was taken on a tour of the facility by the National Coordinator of AWBNigeria, Mrs. Olayinka Fagbemiro, and she inspected the WA-ROAD and AWBNigeria offices.

2019 Girls Astronomy Camp Lokoja

In pursuit of sustainable development in Nigeria with the use of astronomy, Astronomers Without Borders Nigeria organized the 2019 Girls Astronomy camp in Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria, with the aim of encouraging young school girls to take up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education in School. The two sustainable focus growth problems this camp aimed to make contributions are inequality and quality education. This event held on  May 10, 2019 at Salem University campus in Lokoja. This program catered to 200 secondary school girls from different schools within Kogi state.

In attendance was the Commissioner for Education , Kogi State, Mrs. Rosemary Ojochenemi Osikoya; the Director of the Center for Atmospheric Research, Prof. Babatunde Rabiu; the Vice-Chancellor, Salem University, Prof. Dorcas Oluwade and other top government officials.

Mrs. Osikoya gave a motivational speech to encourage the girls to dream. She iterated that the girls have adequate potential and intellectual ability to excel in STEM but lack equipment, infrastructure, manpower amongst others. Prof. Oluwade commended the organisers of the program, saying it would help the girls develop an interest in STEM.

Engr. Yewande & Engr. Ekubo made presentations on Women in Aerospace and AWB Nigeria and its activities respectively. The presentation aimed at inspiring the girls to study STEM and the amazing possibilities that can come from it. They learnt about women’s contributions to the space race and science & technology. The girls responded with a lot of questions which were answered. They received a brief about the sun and used solar glasses to look at the sun.

Other activities for the camp included coupling of galileoscopes; constructing paper satellites; Universe in a box games; Tinkering with rotors and markers; and building lego structures. After all the activities, certificates were awarded to the participants and their school teachers.

Recap of 2018 Activities

2018 was an amazing year for AWBNigeria. We organized a flurry of activities that keeping tabs on them would prove tasking, we learnt, we grew in number, and most importantly we kept true to our mandate of spreading astronomy throughout Nigeria.

Throughout last year, our outreaches have impacted on the lives of over 3000 school children and over 2000 members of the General public. Key events held last year were the Girls’ Astronomer’s Camp, Yuri’s Night, Mars opposition, Star parties, and many school outreaches.

2019 holds a lot of promise. We remain committed to spreading astronomy throughout Nigeria by virtue of the passion of our team. You can follow our activities on our Facebook page and Twitter (@AWBNigeria). If you’re in Nigeria, you can join us by filling the registration form here

100 Hours of Astronomy and Bliss Robotics Outreach 2019.

In celebration of 100 hours of Astronomy, AWBNigeria organized a star gazing session for the general public in Abuja, Nigeria. Many people had the opportunity to look at the wonders of the sky through our telescopes, ask questions and find out about Astronomers without Borders. This event was held infront of the busy Dominos Pizza and Coldstone Creamery in Garki II Abuja.

In the same vein, Bliss robotics team asked for a star gazing session for their team that visited the NASRDA Headquarters, Abuja. They had the opportunity to look at the stars and moon.

100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
100 hours of astronomy event
Bliss Robotics Team Outreach
Bliss Robotics team outreach
Bliss Robotics team outreach
Bliss Robotics team outreach
Bliss Robotics team outreach
Bliss Robotics team outreach
Bliss Robotics team outreach
Bliss Robotics team outreach
Bliss Robotics team outreach
Bliss Robotics team outreach
Bliss Robotics team outreach
Bliss Robotics team outreach
Bliss Robotics team outreach

Cloudy Yuri

Against the odds that the weather posed in the evening of April 14, we celebrated our Yuri’s night at Julius Nyerere Crescent, Asokoro. The team worked hard on their preparations and publicity prior to the event but Mother Nature had her own plans.

Regardless, we had an eventful Yuri’s night. On arrival at the venue for the event, we set up our Telescope and like a magnet it attracted many curious bystanders. They wanted to know what the Telescope could do and the purpose for the event. This created an opportunity which we used to educate them about Astronomy, Yuri Gagarin and the capability of our Telescope & Binoculars.

We had giveaway flyers that had top facts about Astronomy, Space travel and Yuri Gagarin. We also had light refreshments for our audience. The clouds made it impossible to view any stars and the moon nevertheless, curious people used it to view objects in the distance. We had a star chart in order to show people the location and names of stars. We had several people that were seeing a Telescope for the first time, Kids that were excited about Astronomy and lots of questions to answer.

It was a lovely day and another step in the right direction for AWB Nigeria. One People, One Sky.