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Celebrating Women Contribution to Chemistry

Activity by Binta Moustapha   |   added on Jan 05, 2011   |   Nigeria Official_iyc_logo

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B’da Best Concepts has designed a 100 days activity and host a Chemistry Fair. Participation will be drawn from eighteen schools from the eighteen local government areas of Cross River State-Nigeria. The main activities will be held in Calabar, the Cross River State-Nigeria.

 

United Nations Educational and Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and International and Union of Pure Applied Chemists declared 2011, THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR CHEMISTRY and to mark the 100th year anniversary of Late MADAME MARIE S. CURIE’s winning of the noble prize in chemistry

B’da Best Concepts is keying into activities to mark the year, It has designed  a 100 days activity and gotten approval from the IYC 2011 committee  (please see link and website) to host a CHEMISTRY FAIR themed: CELEBRATING WOMEN’S CONTRIBUTION TO CHEMISTRY.  

The Chemistry fair which is designed to celebrate Late Madame Curie who was the first woman to win a Nobel prize in Chemistry in 1911 and the following women who have won Nobel prizes in Chemistry since 1911 will run for 100days to connote the centenary of Madam Curie’s winning of the Nobel prize in Chemistry. The event opens 31st of July of 2011 and closes on the 7th of November 2011 (Late Madam Curie’s date of birth).

The main goals of this event include:

·          To motivate excellence in girls and women by inspiring them to emulate the women above whose research have contributed to the wellbeing of Man.

·         To significantly increase the number of Girls pursuing careers in science and technology related courses especially in medicine and medical sciences where infant and maternal mortality rates have been linked to the low participation of Women in the health sector.

·          The essay competition aims to highlight and celebrate their contributions by increasing the public awareness of their research findings and relate the issues raised to public realities.

          Encourage research attitude amongst the general public.

 

Activity #1: Date: 31st of July 2011 Flag off of the event by a public awareness programme on the local Television and Radio Stations.

Activity #2: ESSAY COMPETITION

Theme: CELEBRATING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF WOMEN TO CHEMISTRY

Participants will be drawn from the 18 local government area of Cross River State-Nigeria. 3 best Science Students from 1 Girls only Secondary School (the selection will be drawn from a mixed sex schools in areas where there are no girls only schools) per local government will make up the population for the CHEMISTRY FAIR. 

Essay entry opens: Monday, 1st of August 2011

Essay entry closes: Monday 18th of September 2011

Essay topics

It is estimated that 300–500 million people are infected worldwide annually and 1.5–2.7 million people die of malaria every year, which include approximately one million children under the age of five years. Sub-Saharan Africa and countries in tropical Africa account for more than 90% of total malaria incidence and great majority of deaths due to malaria.

Ada,  E. Yonath et al won: The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome" Ribosome’s are found in every living being – from yeast and bacteria to mammals. Write an essay on how discoveries made from her research can aid the development of more efficient anti malarial drugs and solve the problem of malaria resistance to drugs.

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin won: The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1964 "for her determinations by X-ray techniques of the structures of important biochemical substances (Sterols and insulin)" Write an essay on how community education of the importance of insulin in body regulation can reduce diabetes in the population.

Irène Joliot-Curie & Her Husband won: The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1935 "in recognition of their synthesis of new radioactive elements" Write an essay on how discoveries made from their research have aided radiography and its benefits to the medical field.

 

Essay guidelines: Participants are to make 1 choice from the 3 topics to write an essay of not more than 1000 words. Only 1 essay qualifies for a prize from each local government.

Essays will be submitted to the following collection centers

Cross River northern senatorial district: Ogoja-Nigeria

Cross River central senatorial district: Ugep-Nigeria

Cross River southern senatorial district: Calabar-Nigeria

 (Essay Finalists results will be determined by a panel of Judges by Day 71, October 9th Monday 2011).

 

Prizes: 1st-3rd position and 5 finalists to be awarded and presented on Day 100 (November 7th 2011).

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Activity #3: CAREER FAIR

Day 51, Monday, September 19th 2011

A collection of Professionals with Chemistry based careers will be made to give Students a career guidance and counseling session on the varieties of job opportunities available in Chemistry.

Participants will be free to ask questions and encouraged to pursue careers in Chemistry.

Venue: Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry, University of Calabar-Nigeria.

Time: 9:00am

 

Activity #4: EXCURSION

Day 80, Tuesday, October 18th 2011

Educational tours of Chemistry based industries and related places of interest will be made.

Participants will be drawn from the 18 Schools.

 

Activity #5 CHEMISTRY EXHIBITION

Day 90, Friday, October 28th 2011

Sub Theme: What is life without Chemistry?

Participants will be drawn from the participating 18 schools representing the 18 local government areas in Cross River State.

Schools will be free to make a choice from the following sections and design an EXHIBITION TO BE PRESENTED TO THE PUBLIC AND JUDGES to reflect the sub theme stated above.

Ø  TRANSPORT

Ø  HOUSING AND CONSTRUCTIONS

Ø  MEDICINE AND HEALTH CARE

Ø  LIFE

Ø  ENVIRONMENT

Ø  FOOD AND NUTITION

Ø  AGRICULTURE AND AGRO-BASED INDUSTRIES

Ø  ENTERTAINMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Ø  CLOTHING AND COSMETICS

Ø  EDUCATION AND CAREER

Ø  MINERALS AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

·         Six 6 Finalists will be drawn from the exhibition

Activity #6: CLOSING CEREMONY, AWARD OF CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES

DAY 100, Monday, November 7TH 2011

 

Ø  Defense of Essay by Finalist by presentation of models, prototypes or replicas of discoveries of the WOMEN IN CHEMISTRY from the Essay competition and determination of winners by Judges

Ø  Presentation of a key note address by a representative from the Federal Ministry of Education-Abuja, Nigeria. Topic: WOMEN AND THE BENEFITS OF SCIENCE EDUCATION

Ø  Talk Show themed: What is life without Chemistry?  To be presented by finalists of the CHEMISTRY EXHIBITION.

Ø  Winners of the TALK SHOW determined by the judges.

Ø  Presentation of certificates awards and prizes.

Ø  Group photographs and close of International Year for Chemistry 2011.

 

 


Topic: science fair Audience: students, teachers, general public
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