Extra-Curriculum learning is key to bridging the gap between academia and industry. After putting Ghana on the global map of Space faring nations by the launch of Ghana’s first satellite (GhanaSat-1) into space, the All Nations University – Space Systems Technology Laboratory (ANU-SSTL) has begun the Classroom-Industry Reconciliation Program which is an effort to promote practical and industry based education in Ghana.
As part of this, the Senior High School Research PowerPoint Presentation Competition was organized for selected schools were students were given extra-curriculum an industry based topics to research and present their findings to an audience.
The students engaged themselves in this research over a month and prepared their results for a presentation. The competition covered both General Science, Business, Visual Arts and General Arts categories.
St. Augustine’s College after a hot chase by the much eloquent ladies of Holy Child SHS emerged winners of the General Arts Category where students were asked to communicate as legal practitioners.
Kumasi Academy who did extra work of designing an Artificial Intelligent (AI) robot to demonstrate their research emerged winners of the General Science category after a tough time with the Ghana National College at the finals.
In the Business category, where students were supposed to pitch a business proposal to an investor, the ladies from the mountains, Methodist Girls SHS had a narrow escape from the hands of St. Peters SHS hence emerging winners.
The visual artist from Aburi Presby SHS made a painting of the president and footballer Thomas Teye Partey which stunned the audience hence was without a match for the Visual Arts Category.
Ernest Teye Matey, the developer of GhanaSat-1 and the lead organizer of the competition said these programs are aimed to encourage students into industry-based learning and are part of the visions of the All Nations University to use practical-based learning to develop students for the global industry. He said such programs will continue throughout the year.