Dr. Mark Amo-Boateng, a Lecturer at the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, has advised high school students to take Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education seriously.
According to him, the surest way to finding solutions to the numerous problems bedeviling Africa and the world as a whole is making science education an integral part of our developmental agenda.
Dr. Amo-Boateng made these comments at the NSMQ Mentorship Session at the on-going National Science & Maths Quiz.
He said holistic science education helps scientists to be innovative and creative in their thinking; using basic concepts acquired from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics.
The Inventor of the Electronic Turbine Technology and Founder of Enyinam Tech and Solve-Hub asked the students to learn science and maths like the artist who paints.
Artists, he said, learn three (3) colours and after gaining mastery over them, paint their hearts out, leading to their being hailed by society for their creativity.
Dr. Amo-Boateng further said students must replicate this in the study of the sciences.
“There is the need for science students to get the fundamentals in science right. It is not enough to be a chemist, physicist or biologists. A combination of all the courses in the sciences allows inventors to blend them in finding solutions to the critical issues in society.” Dr. Amo-Boateng explained.
Dr. Mark Amo-Boateng is currently a semi-finalist in the Shell Ocean $7 million Discovery XPRIZE; a three-year global competition challenging teams to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery.
The Mentorship Sessions of the 2017 National Science & Maths Quiz are sponsored by Tigo, Prudential Life Insurance, Goil, Accra College of Medicine and Junior Camp.