The STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) fields are vital areas of study for our students. As an organization, we do our best to supplement their education in these areas and offer opportunities to apply their knowledge and explore these fields outside the classroom.
In January of 2016, Project 1808 hosted the First Annual Science and Leadership Festival in Kabala, Koinadugu, Sierra Leone.
Since then, the event has continued to grow in it’s impact. In 2017, over 300 students, professionals, teachers and community members attended the event. They conducted experiments, shared their own inventions, and participated in conversations on leaderships and professional development. The 2017 festival also saw the addition of several community partners including a dance and performing arts group from Freetown.
Our team is currently working on plans for next years SciLeadFest which is scheduled to take place again in January 2018.
SciLeadFest 2016 on Wetin Now!?
Coverage of the camp was provided by a local, youth-run news program “Wetin Now!?” as well as several local TV and radio stations. The video features many of our board members as well as our students who aided in organizing and facilitating the event.
Community Science Lab
During the 2016 Science and Leadership Festival, the students showed a great interest in learning how to use scientific tools such as microscopes and thermometers. These tools are now available for use by our students at our office in Kabala and we are working to create a small science lab for our students in order for them to gain vital technical skills.