ENYO Retail and Supply in collaboration with STEM Cafe, Thursday, organised a fun-filled but brain tasking programme for students drawn from five schools in Lagos Mainland Local Government Area.
Enyo Retail and Supply is a customer-focused, technology-driven, fuels retailing company and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme was part of its corporate investment and skills development initiatives targeted at building future entrepreneurs in the country.
STEM Café, on the other hand, is a Kids Creativity Play Space in Lagos; a non-linear learning centre where kids and young adults between the ages of 5 -18 years old can experience the amazing world of STEM in a fun and interactive way.
The STEM Café is designed to showcase the various engaging activities that will help the kids develop lifelong learning and interest in STEM.
Speaking at the event, the Head, Science & Curriculum, Education District IV, Lagos State, Adenekan Adekunle, said that leveraging innovative teaching methods enable easier assimilation and better answer students’ curiosity.
He showered encomiums on Enyo Retail and STEM Café for teaching the students about the benefits of innovative thinking.
“This method of teaching ignites a passion for learning and provides students with the tools they need to succeed in the innovation economy. I am most happy that the program goes beyond innovating to entrepreneurship.
He said that the Lagos State takes the concepts of STEM teaching and learning very seriously and have gone ahead to support such initiatives.
“Whatever NGOs can do to expose our children to STEM is welcome. Recall, we are running a free education. We are here to support and ensure the success of programs like this,” Adekunle added.
Sales and Marketing Lead, Enyo Retail & Supply, Mr. Olabanjo Alimi, said that the Company which was established barely two years ago by a group of visionary people have opened 55 locations.
On why the Company supported the STEM initiative, Alimi said, “we are proud because we are building a technology-driven fuel retailing company and we need innovators who can disrupt the market.
“Also, Nigeria is a science and technology driven country, but few people are interested in building technology. That kind of thinking has to change.
“We are collaborating with STEM Café to create curiosity in the minds of young people”, he added.
The students were tasked to build Vending Machine and propose how it could be commercialised.
“Honestly, where we are today is based on partnership. What we hope to achieve is to sustain our mileage for STEM in Nigeria even though we are in an industry focused on oil and gas”, Alimi further explained.
On her part, the Managing Director, STEM Café, Lekki, Ebere Nkoro, explained the theme for the event: “Innovation to Entrepreneurship“; saying “we want to teach the kids the concepts of innovation and why such innovations should be transformed to commercial value.
“As the netizens, they are unlimited by their imaginations and we are here to inspire them to ensure their limitations in whatever way, in academics, do not limit their STEM pursuit.
“We are building both innovative and softskills in them like design thinking, critical thinking, purpose driven approach to problem solving.
“We introduce these concepts in a fun manner in a conducive environment”, she said.
The participating schools are: Westely Girls Secondary School, Sabo, Yaba; Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Junior High School, Sabo, Yaba; Aje Comprehensive Junior High School, Sabo, Yaba; Jibowu Junior High School, Yaba and Eletu-Odibi Junior High School, Abule-Oja, Yaba.