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Ugandan STEM Promoter-Yiya in MIT 2018 Solve Challenge Finals

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  • 30 Aug 2018 - 3:01pm
  • By Mark Wamai
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Yiya Engineering Solutions are MIT 2018 Solve Challenge Finalists. Image:Yiya

Yiya Engineering Solutions is a Ugandan Project on a mission to revolutionize the East African Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education by transforming teaching and learning from a lecture-based, teacher-centered 1950s-style institution dependent on rote memorization, to a project-based student-centered journey focused on learning crucial 21st-century skills. This it aims to achieve through engineering, experimentation, and the real-world application of math and science skills.

According to the Project website, Yiya was selected as a finalist and as such will pitch at the MIT Solve Challenge Finals from Friday, 21st to Monday 24th September 2018 in New York City. This is the premier social impact live pitch event to kick off UN General Assembly week. The event will bring together the Solve community with a diverse group of innovators who will pitch their solutions to a panel of expert judges and a live audience on Solve’s 2018 Global Challenges: (1) Coastal Communities, (2) Frontlines of Health, (3) Teachers and Educators, and (4) Work of the Future.

Yiya has been selected under the Teachers and Educators Challenge. Samson Wambuzi, the Program Director at Yiya graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Education (Physics and Mathematics) degree during the 62nd Graduation Ceremony of Makerere University in January 2012.

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