The Opportunity and Risk Management Institute (ORMI) has praised the 17 senior high schools (SHSs) that participated in this year's Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM) Fair in the Volta Region for their excellent and creative technological advancements.
The fair featured various projects, such as the production of ethanol and electric power generation systems, a Cassava milling machine, and a drone.
Madam Stella Attakpah, the Managing Director of ORMI, said that teaching by memorization, which is a method that dulls the creative thinking abilities of students, is a thing of the past. She believes that the STEM initiative will awaken the critical thinking and imagination capacities of students to think outside the box, leading to deeper understanding.
Mr Gerhard Kwesi Avudzivi, the Keta Municipal Director of Education, suggested the need to encourage girls to enrol in STEM and institute policies conducive to the development of science, engineering, technology, and innovation.
Meanwhile, Mr Raymond Letsah Glover, the spokesperson for ORMI and former Headmaster of Aborsco, believes that the fair is an opportunity for the industry to work with schools and give students the relevant support to prepare them for the future.
The Fair's main objectives were to encourage students to develop solutions to problems in their environment, to contribute to building human capital, and to encourage youth self-reliance in the face of changing global market trends. Certificates and awards were presented to participating schools for their exceptional performance.
ORMI, which is primarily into educational research, also provides training, seminars, workshops, and projects in personal and security risk management.
These form part of its corporate social responsibility geared towards bridging the gap between theoretical studies and practical creative solutions.