Junior Achievement (JAN) in collaboration with Oracle Academy Nigeria organized a 3 day STEM Innovation Camp – Oracle Academy Student Hackathon, in which high schools students were trained on Oracle Technologies to proffer solutions to challenges during the competition. The STEM Innovation Camp – Oracle Academy Student Hackathon will help raise awareness amongst secondary school students aged 15-18 on STEM education. This will promote the need for increased participation of young students in the ICT world and stir up continued interest in innovations and the digital world for the future of the country.
Forty eight students from ten (10) senior secondary schools participated at the camp and registered on the Oracle Academy platform to be able to learn further after the camp. On Day 1, Adegbola Abiodun, Senior Program Manager, JAN and Sefunmi Fadahunsi, Oracle Academy Manager welcomed the students and informed them about the 3 Day camp agenda. Both of them enlightened the students on what their respective organizations are all about and the students were able to learn about coding using ‘Alice’ that day.
The focus of the second Day was on SQL and Apex while on the 3rd Day, students were divided into 10 groups with each group comprising of 5 students from different schools. Each group was to agree on a challenge to work on and present to the judges later in the day. The presentations on the third day showed how much the students had learned in the first two days and it was difficult for the judges to select a winner.
However, after much debate, three groups emerged as 1st, 2nd and 3rd with two using Alice animation to spread awareness about SDG goals and one using SQL and Apex to solve a crime in a neighborhood. JAN is very grateful for the support of Oracle in increasing digital literacy of its students so as to prepare them for a successful future. The 3 day STEM Innovation Camp took place at the Co-Creation Hub, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo Lagos and a lot of event publicity was garnered on social media.