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Allen Nanyonjo

Head of STEM, e2 Young Engineers

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I look forward to becoming a STEM education leader who inspires the young generation into future scientists, entrepreneurs and creative thinkers especially girls.

What do you do?

As a STEM educator, my job is to ensure that children get the right tools to process the information around them through edutainment, problem based learning and spiral learning with the help of motorized LEGO bricks.

Why did you choose this field?

When i joined University (Mbarara University of Science and Technology) to purse a bachelors in Information Technology in 2013, I did not know much about computers. With time, I fell in love with computer programming. This propelled me to take part in Google events, Women Techmakers and technovation events for girls and young women. With this, I started volunteering to teach computer programming to girls and children for a period of 2 years during my free hours at University. With the education system in our country, introducing children and girls to STEM concepts at a young age makes it easier for them to adapt to the complex science subjects.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I look forward to becoming a STEM education leader who inspires the young generation into future scientists, entrepreneurs and creative thinkers especially girls. As a future leader I am inspired by Ginni Rometty, the current chair, president and CEO of IBM, the first woman to head the company and Bindi Karia the "Queen of Startups" as a mentor of top incubators.

Why do you love working in STEM?

STEM is an interdisciplinary approach which gives a wider perspective of many career options with a lot of flexibility. In today's competitive global economy, the success of a children and girls in the STEM fields in necessary to ensure leading roles as global innovators and inventors. A few years from today, children will have jobs that don't exist now, therefore industries, organizations and companies will need more professionals with STEM skills as technology becomes more dynamic.

Best advice for next generation?

Girls should be attracted into STEM through interesting them into girls only innovation events/competitions which will help instill confidence in themselves. Introduce girls to role models so that they dont feel like they are doing it alone, Surround girls with others who have STEM experience and encourage them to persist on their dreams. Spark curiosity using simpler and easy learning methods in and out side classrooms.

Inspo quote / fun fact

Do you know that in the next 20 years 80% of the jobs will require interdisciplinary skills?