GET Group tops all at 2023 GSTEP Challenge Awards
THE Global Engineering Technology (GET) Group from the John Wesley Methodist Basic School in Accra were crowned the overall champions of the 2023 Ghana Science and Tech Explorer Prize (GSTEP) Challenge.
The awards ceremony, held at the Accra International Conference Centre last Thursday, saw the GET Group beat stiff competition from 99 other participating teams, which were drawn from various junior high schools in three regions – Greater Accra, Eastern and Ashanti, to take home the ultimate prize.
Passionate about addressing certain societal problems using their STEM knowledge, the GET Group, made up of six young innovators, produced an antisleep device for motorists, targeted at tackling the increasing road accidents in Ghana.
Their project captured the attention of the panel of judges during the pitching and exhibition process which won them the ultimate prize of GH₵70,000 worth of STEM equipment for their school, as well as a computer, citation and souvenirs from sponsors.
AquaSentry of the Services Primary and JHS from La in Accra emerged as the first runner-up, while Light Bearers of the El-Ntiaddo School Complex at Abaam in the Eastern Region won the second runner-up position.
For their rewards, AquaSentry received GH₵45,000 worth of STEM products, while Light Bearers took home GH₵23,000 worth of STEM items.
Additionally, they each received a citation and several products from sponsors.
The GSTEP is a programme to encourage junior high school students to think about innovation and creativity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by developing solutions to problems in their local communities.
The teams, comprising four to six members, were selected out of 1,200 entries. They were introduced to the concept of prototyping to provide themwith the needed knowledge to develop models of their ideas.
The GSTEP initiative was put together by the DreamOval Foundation in partnership with MEST Africa, Foundervine, Challenge Works and DEXT Technology.
In attendance were the Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Akosua Frema Osei Opare, the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Osu Mantse, Nortse Nii Nortey Owuo IV, the Swiss Ambassador to Ghana, Togo and Benin, Madam Simone Giger, the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Dr Eric Nkansah and experts in the field of STEM.
Madam Osei Opare, who read a speech on behalf of President Nana Addo Dnakwa Akufo-Addo, said as part of its commitment to the advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the country, the government had commenced the development of 20 STEM centres and 10 model STEM senior high schoolsnationwide.
Some of these projects, she said were already operational, while the rest would be in operation later this year.
“In accordance with the government’s strategic education plan, targeted at increasing our science to humanity ratio from the current 40 to 60 to the desired 60 to 40 in favour of science, the government is repositioning our education system anchored on STEM education,” she said.
“This is in recognition of the fact that today, our world essentially is driven by technology, energy, industry, agriculture, medicine and health, clean air and water, transportation, sanitation, management and conservation of natural resources,” she said.
The Education Minister reiterated the government’s commitment to STEM education in the country and commended the organisers of the GSTEP Challenge for reinforcing the STEM agenda.
“My heartfelt appreciation goes to the GSTEP organisers for such an innovation. Your target of students at this level — junior high school is something that we truly appreciate,” DrAdutwum stated.
Below is the list of winners for the various categories of awards.
Category 1: Outstanding Personalities Awards
Ameyo Sefakor Ahondo (Accra College of Education) - Social Engagement Giant Camille Agu - Oustanding YSG (Sylvan Model School)
Affoh Eugene Gyampoh (Koforidua Technical University) - Oustanding Coach
Andy Agyei Amofa (Kwaebibirem Municipal District) - Outstanding Mentor - Finalist Team Support
Benedicta Antwi-Boasiako (Suame Municipal District) - Outstanding Mentor - Overall Engagement
Godfred Amoako (Independence M/A JHS 'B' - Team Blasters) - Outstanding Teacher
Louisa Amanor (Education Office, New Juaben South Municipal) - Footprint Award
Category 2: Special Recognition Awards
Team Alpha (New Nsuta M/A JHS) - Ashanti Region Founder's Award
Tech Experts (St. Mary's Day Care and Preparatory School) - Eastern Region Founder's Award
Xavier Genius (St. Francis Xavier R/C Basic School) - Greater Accra Region Founder's Award
Team Uno (Christ Love Educational Complex) - Excellence in Business Planning -
Science Breakers (Accra College of Education Demonstration School) - Community Achievement Award
Category 3: Top Awards
Get Group (John Wesley Methodist Basic School) - Winner
AquaSentry (Service Primary/JHS) -1st Runner-up
The Light Bearers (El-Ntiaddo School Complex - Abaam) - 2nd Runner up
The Awesome Medics (Uaddara Basic School) - Excellence in Applied Science
Team Ambitious (Sankubenase R/C Basic School) - Most Innovative Idea
Brainy Badgers (Nel Educational Complex) - Best Pitch