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. This camp was held on May 10, 2019 at Salem University campus in Lokoja. It catered to 200 secondary school girls from different schools within Kogi state.
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. Other activities included solar viewing, coupling of galileoscopes; constructing paper satellites; Universe in a box games; Tinkering(scribbling machines) with rotors and markers; and building lego structures. After all the activities, certificates were awarded to the participants and their school teachers.
The Girls Astronomy camp was also held in Mararaba, in Nassarawa State with 100 school girls from various schools across the state.