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Ethiopia  Celebrated the 2019 National Science Fair 

Reported by Tsegaye Legesse 

November 10,2019

STEM Synergy in partnership with Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Science and Higher Education ( MoSHE), the National Commission for UNESCO, the Addis Ababa Liaison Office for UNESCO, the Ethiopian Academy of Science , Kotebe Metropolitan University and others has organized a Science Fair Competition from November 5 – 10, 2019 at the Headquarters of the Ethiopian Academy of Science. 

The competition was  among students that have  come from public and private schools all over the country. Students from the existing nine STEM centers present their work on topics including robotics, engineering and software applications. The exhibition was officially opened by Mrs. Tsion Teklu , Deputy minister of education, Professor Tsegie Woldemariam , President of Ethiopian Science Academy and Mr. Tsegaye Legesse, President of STEM Synergy. The exhibition was visited by high-profile government officials, science scholars, and the general public on the above dates from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

A total of 254 students participated in the event. Their project includes product and services that solve local problems including robotics, pharmaceutical, environmental, biomedical , transportation , business technologies and tools.

Finalists were selected by judges in the fields based on  rigid rubrics . And they were  rewarded with lab tops and other gifts.The Science Fair  marks the World Science Day which is commemorated on November 10. Worldwide, it is used to raise awareness of the contribution of science to societies. In particular, it is used to inspire creativity and innovation among Ethiopian students.

STEM Synergy announced its  major sponsor for the 2019 technology and innovation competition as being Boeing Company. It was disclosed that Boeing has awarded grants in the amount of $380,000 for STEM Synergy to carry on the science fair for the next three years. In a related news, Ethiopian Airlines is also mentioned as a a sponsor for the fair.

The event was recorded and televised by various regional and national  media and TV stations in the country for millions of people.

Boeing granted $380,000 to STEM Synergy Ethiopia to Support the Annual Science Fair

By Staff Reporter. November 5,2019.

Boeing has committed $380,000 to motivate primary and secondary school students to study science and technology to solve the challenges of their country. Through its partnership with STEM Synergy, a US-based international NGO that manages STEM programs in Ethiopia, Boeing has awarded
funding for the annual science fair for three years beginning 2019.

This shows how Boeing leadership is committed to support the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math ( STEM) education of Ethiopian school students. The fund is used to inspire pre-college students to innovate and create solutions to their local problems.

254 students from all regions of the country has presented their projects. The projects topics include software applications, robotics, and engineering. Students have created prototype devices, tools and solutions for hospitals, business, transportation, pharmaceutical, pedagogical, etc. Finalists
of the science competition were awarded with laptops, tablets, trophies and certificates.

The event was televised and reported to the public by various national media. Government officials, the scientific communities, students, parents, NGOs and diplomats attended the event.


Boeing has partnered with STEM Synergy to support STEM initiatives in Ethiopia. STEM Synergy is a non- profit organization based in the US with a mission to motivate and prepare precollege students to study science, technology, engineering and math as their future careers.


STEM Synergy Opened 8 STEM Learning Centers in Ethiopia

By Tsegaye Legesse.  August 2019

STEM Synergy is a non-profit organization that operates in Ethiopia since 2016.  In the summer of 2019, It has opened and handed over  eight mini STEM centers  in different parts of the country. The new mini-STEM centers consist of two important STEM labs (the electronics and virtual computer labs). These labs are located in the university campuses but intended to benefit middle and secondary school students within the 10-mile radius of the university campuses. The labs are strategically located in the university campuses due to the availability of the basic infrastructures and qualified manpower among the Universities.

 STEM Synergy spent about 1 million US dollars  to purchase  equipment, and furniture. STEM Synergy will continue to support two years’ salary expenses of the two lab technicians to be hired by each center. Full takeover of financing the centers will be assumed by the universities when STEM Synergy project agreement expires after two years from now.

These newly opened mini -STEM centers are located in the campuses of the following universities ( Dilla, Debremarkos, Woldia, Haramaya, Kebridahar, Ethiopian Academy of Science, Gode Polytechnic College, and Harare Municipality). STEM Synergy handed over the centers to the university officials. Close to 600,000 primary and secondary school students are estimated to benefit out of these centers. STEM Synergy president, Tsegaye Legesse and Ato Getachew Gezahign, the Country Director were present during the hand over onsite from STEM Synergy.

Each mini-STEM Center houses two basic labs : Electronics and Virtual Computers: The ‘Virtual Computer Labs” are perhaps the most visible and geographically-wide program that is offered by STEM Synergy. Our solution is not a laptop computer for every student, nor is our solution a computer for every seat in a classroom!  Such expensive unrealistic fads come and go.  In our experience, we’ve sadly observed high failure rates with laptops, such that after about four years nearly all of the laptops are inoperable.  We’ve equally sadly observed desktop computers permanently disabled by viruses, hardware failures, obsolete operating systems, inconsistent software, and failing power conditioners and batteries.  That is the reality. The STEM Synergy solution is the “Virtual Computer Lab”.  Within this innovative form of computer-learning, a single computer easily runs a classroom array of 20 to 30 student workstations.  Each workstation is the usual configuration of a display monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse, but missing is the workstation’s computer!  Instead of connecting to a computer, the student’s monitor/keyboard/mouse is connected to a “thin client” device.  (In the photos, you can see the “thin client” device that’s affixed to the back of each student display monitor.)  Every “thin client” is connected (by wireless or cable) to the teacher’s computer, a high-capacity computer that has been configured to run multiple virtual copies of a personal computer.


2018 Spring   Wolaita Liqa center, Girls in South Sudan & Kurdistan, Herald visit, Spotlight: Samrawit

2017 Winter   First for South Sudan, Ethio national science fair, Ethio history, Spotlight: Hadush

2017 Fall     Oromiyan computer labs, School space race, Nigist in Israel, Spotlight: Kisanet

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