JKUGS on yet another high school students outreach mission

Visiting team from Jomo Kenyatta University Geophysical Society (JKUGS) to Carmel Girls High School

Visiting team from Jomo Kenyatta University Geophysical Society (JKUGS) to Carmel Girls High School

The Jomo Kenyatta University Geophysical Society (JKUGS) carried out a twin outreach programme at Carmel Girls High School and Mbiuni High School in Machakos County, Kenya; this follows another visit to Kiaria Mixed Secondary School in Kiambu County on March 30th, 2016. High schools being the main feeder institutions to universities and colleges in Kenya the society aimed at creating awareness on geosciences to the young minds early enough to enable them have wide range of career choices. Equally, the programme targets at bridging the gap between the university and high school students in order to create platform for interaction with regard to opportunities in geoscience disciplines; an important aspect in career development.

The broader aspect

Recent discovery of natural resources such hydrocarbon and groundwater in Turkana, rare earth metals in Kwale, and continued discovery of geothermal sites capable of power production in our country has created a need for human resource capacity building necessary for exploiting and  managing the newly found resources.

Mr Odero explaining concepts on geosciences and its relevance to the society. “Geophysics is fundamental in groundwater exploration among other applications…” (Odero E.O., J.K.U.A.T)

Mr Odero explaining concepts on geosciences and its relevance to the society.
“Geophysics is fundamental in groundwater exploration among other applications…” (Odero E.O., J.K.U.A.T)

Our country has insufficient human resource to harness the available subsurface resources causing a need to sensitize high school students early enough to expand the view of geosciences as alternative choices as fields of studies in University and college education.

Specifically, the choice of the two schools in Machakos County was influenced by the County’s need of additional water resources. A long term solution of nurturing and training specialists in groundwater exploration and management is necessary. In this regard, the works of Society of Exploration Geophysicists and that of our chapter was promoted beyond the confines of the university.

In situ benefits

About forty fourth form students from Carmel Girls and approximately 17 students from Mbiuni Mixed School are registered for both Geography and Physics subjects.

Mr. Stephen Mwoni on Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

Mr. Stephen Mwoni on Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

This placed the students taking the two subjects in a better position to fully benefit from the lectures on geosciences and S.E.G, generally, all students in attendance had the privilege of getting advice from the visiting team on study skills and success tips, this was echoed by the words of Mr. Muriithi Anderson, geography teacher at Carmel Girls School, who testified to us that, “my students are so motivated and they have requested for the presentation slides”, after interacting with his students.

A statement from physics teacher Mbiuni Mixed saying, “this forums are what the students need because many a times they suffer as a result of ignorance”, equally displayed the immediate fruits of the visit. The students were exposed to little known SEG Scholarships and several students’ awards by a presentation given by Mr Stephen Mwoni and this attracted interests. The students were able to ask all the questions they could have during the interactive session which lasted for more than an hour. The society through the patron Dr. Korowe gave a number of study books to the schools that were a real boost to their revision in mathematics and physics. Much is still needed towards the same.

The Society Patron, Dr. Korowe presenting donated books to Mbiuni Mixed School representative (left) and Carmel Girls School representatives (right), the whole process corrdinated by Mr Munyithya (B.O.G Chairman)

The Society Patron, Dr. Korowe presenting books donated to Mbiuni Mixed School (left) and Carmel Girls School (right), with Mr. Munyithya (Chairman, B.O.G) overseeing the ceremony.

The Propelling Team

A number of forces enable the society carry out such activities that directly benefit the community as well as the participants. Principal is the self-drive within members towards giving back to the community as well as the quest of participation in solution finding for today’s life challenges related to academics. The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology that has enabled the society to run its errands smoothly, Society of Exploration Geophysicists that provides financial strengths needed by the society and for student trainings, department of physics staff (JKUAT) from which the patron Dr Korowe comes and cooperative target institution managers.

Group photograph involving visiting team and Carmel Girls High school (left) and Mbiuni Mixed school (right)

Group photograph involving visiting team and Carmel Girls High school (left) and Mbiuni Mixed school (right)

Reported by Mr. Evans Odero.

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Jomo Kenyatta University Geophysical Society on High School Students Outreach Programme

Gideon Kiprotich, a member of JKUGS giving study tips and life experiences while in High School to Students of Kiaria Mixed Secondary School.

Gideon Kiprotich, a member of JKUGS giving study tips and life experiences while in High School to Students of Kiaria Mixed Secondary School.

The Jomo Kenyatta University Geophysical Society carried out outreach programme to Kiairia Mixed Secondary School. This Student Outreach Program was a one of a kind opportunity for young minds interested in the field of geosciences and related subjects to connect with high school students in order to impart the knowledge of geoscience.

Dorothy Kanini, Gideon Kiprotich, a member of JKUGS giving study tips and life experiences while in High School to Students of Kiaria Mixed Secondary School.

Dorothy Kanini, a member of JKUGS giving study tips and life experiences while in High School to Students of Kiaria Mixed Secondary School.

The programme aims at developing a permanent link with high school students through interaction, socialization and to give them a chance to realize their interests in geosciences. The programme further aims at bridging the gap between the university and high school students in order for the students to diversify their opportunities in geoscience disciplines besides other available opportunities.

Dr. k’Orowe (left) presenting reading materials to the Principal, Kiairia Mixed Secondary School.

Dr. k’Orowe (left) presenting reading materials to the Principal, Kiairia Mixed Secondary School.

Recent discovery of natural resources such hydrocarbon in Turkana, rare earth metals in Kwale, continued discovery of geothermal sites capable of power production in our country has created a need for human resource capacity building necessary for exploiting and managing the newly found resources. Our country has insufficient human resource to harness the available subsurface resources causing a need to sensitize high school students early enough to give them a wider career choice and expand the view of geosciences in high schools. This high school sensitization outreach project aims at advancing, developing and imparting early geoscience knowledge to the senior high school students. The programme gives students an opportunity to explore their future career choices in geoscience. As a result, we promote geoscience to the grass roots creating a larger body of budding geoscientists. In this regard, the works of Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and that of our chapter was promoted beyond the confines of the university.

Our aim was to nurture geoscience knowledge at its early stages so that we deepen the roots of geosciences in Kenya resulting in stronger chapters. Through this programme, Mr. Mulumbu gave a lecture on Society of Exploration Geophysicists, advertised SEG, highlighted benefits of the SEG to the students, our faculty advisor Dr. k’Orowe encouraged the students not to shun away from Mathematics and Physics as these are some of the core subjects required to be admitted to geophysics, Mr. Odero gave a lecture on geoscience where he expounded on various disciplines in geoscience and how students can build their career in geoscience. Other members of JKUGS gave a sensitization talk to motivate students in geophysics/geosciences as well as studying tips to the students of Kiairia Mixed Secondary School. Members also gave their own life experiences while in high school in order to boost the students’ morale so that they work hard to join the university.

Mr. Mulumbu giving SEG lecture to the students during the high school outreach programme.

Mr. Mulumbu giving SEG lecture to the students during the high school outreach programme.

We hope that this programme among others will be a starting point of working together with high schools so that we create a link and platform of understanding that would enable our societies know when to get involved as far as early career challenges are concerned.

Finally, we wish to thank SEG for sponsoring this programme, Principal Kiairia high school for enabling us have an outreach programme in their school. Special gratitude to Dr. Kamau; chair board of management, Kiaria high school and an academic staff member in the Physics department, JKUAT, for helping in preparation for the outreach programme to his school. Special gratitude to also our faculty advisor Dr. k’Orowe for the support and guidance through the outreach programme.

 

 

 

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