Yiya Engineering Showcase

“What Yiya is doing is actually in our plan as government to teach STEM to students and science teachers, but we haven’t yet started implementing it. So, Yiya is helping us to achieve our goal.”

-District Inspector of Schools, Lira (Chief Guest at the 2018 Yiya Showcase)

 In October, we held our second annual Interschool Engineering Competition & Community Showcase, hosted by St Katherine’s Secondary School in Lira, Northern Uganda.

What happens in the showcase?

After working hard as engineers from Feb-Sept, all Yiya students and teachers in our 6 partner schools came together to display their prototypes to each other and to the wider community.

This year we had 21 teachers and 260 O-Level students (9th graders) participate in this event! The gender breakdown was 143 female students and 117 male students.

Each team first participated in a technology showcase, displaying prototypes ranging from bike-powered phone chargers, gravity lights, hand sanitizers, low-cost miniature greenhouses, organic pesticides, to their processes for cultivation of IMOs.

After the technology showcase in the morning, all teams participated in a hackathon-style on-the-spot engineering challenge in the afternoon to demonstrate their skills in engineering, math, and science in real-time!

Showcase Objectives:

1.    Teams demonstrated how they applied their knowledge of science, math, and engineering to design technologies that solve real-world problems in their communities!

2.    Teams designed and built a technology in real-time! This year they used their physics knowledge of gears, pulleys, and velocity ratios to create prototypes that degrain and grind maize WITHOUT electricity!

We are so proud of the amazing prototypes that teams brought to the showcase. We were excited to see that this year, teams stepped their experimentation up a notch! Most prototypes had been measured against controls, which was a big improvement from last year and shows the kind of rigor students are now employing in their engineering design process. Well done to all teams!

Many, many thanks!

Big thanks to St Katherine’s Secondary School for hosting our showcase event this year!

Huge thanks to the Yiya field team for managing the many logistics involved in such a big event, as well as to our star judges who took great care to learn all about teams’ prototypes before coming to their final decisions.

And the results are…

The final winners were:

1st Place – Archbishop Orombi Secondary School

2nd Place – St Katherine’s Secondary School

3rd Place – Lira Town College

Thank you partner teachers!

Last but not least, a very special and warm thank you to our diligent Yiya partner teachers, who work tirelessly all year long to support engineering at their schools! You are an inspiration to your students and to us.