As the exam season has finished at Glasgow uni, we are buzzing with excitement to be done with our work and able to put our energies into preparations for our travels.
A few developments since our last post:
Our tickets to and from Rwanda are booked, so this is all set in stone! We discovered a direct flight from London Gatwick to Kigali, and we shall be travelling between the 27th June and 26th July. We are looking forward to a much shorter and easier travel itinerary!
For the second year running, we have received sponsorship from Western Ferries and IESIS, as well as receiving great support from the Chancellor’s Fund at the University of Glasgow again. We are so grateful for all this support, which allows us to create a really fruitful project. Saying this, any further support would be very welcome – we have not yet reached our target and would love to kick above last year’s! For more info please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A few of us also had a great time sharing our news with the Allan Glen’s School Club at their May lunch. We enjoyed learning about their new STEM Academy and talked abouts ways in which FemEng might work with them in the future.
We have confirmed that we will be running a workshop using the Ingenious Circuits, a UoG project funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering. These resources are educational electronic circuits which are being designed with teachers and pupils in mind, to aid in creating and nurturing interest in STEM amongst schoolchildren. We are so excited to be able to use the prototype resources in Rwanda! Dr. Melanie Jimenez is our contact for organising this, to whom we are very grateful.
We are also organised to visit our sponsors STAR Refrigeration, for them to show us an amazing workshop they have designed for us to take with us. This will demonstrate cooling in a simple way to schoolchildren. Thanks again to Andy Pearson and the Engineer’s Club at STAR for helping us to create what looks like a really interesting activity!
Our team in Kigali have been confirmed! We are currently being introduced to one another, and meeting in our respective locations until we will all be together in Rwanda. We are very thankful to Josephine Malonza, our assisting lecturer in UR, who has organised this all for us. A colourful schedule for this programme is definitely on the horizon!
Thank you all for your patience – we can’t wait to share the rest of our progress with you!
The FemEng in Rwanda 2017 Team