LED Africa - Science for All project
LED Africa is a non-profit charitable organization whose initial project was to provide rural secondary schools in Malawi with solar powered classroom lighting systems as well as providing these schools with textbooks and basic science equipment. A total of 22 rural schools in Malawi benefited from this project. In 2019, LED Africa started its Science for All project where hands-on science events are brought to schools in Malawi, Africa. For students in Africa such events are rare or nonexistent as the vast majority of African schools do not have the funds for such activities and teachers, who are typically grossly underpaid, cannot fund such activities themselves. These hands-on events are meant to get students excited about science and for them to see science as more than just pure theory.
Our initial event was a water bottle rocket competition and continues to this day. In this competition, 32 teams of 3 to 4 students are given the basics of how a rocket works and then go on to construct their own bottle rocket. Teams go one on one against each other until a winner is declared. The event is very exciting for the entire school! Top teams receive some prize money which of course adds to the excitement.
These competitions have gone very well and many teachers are contacting us requesting that we run the event at their school. The number of schools we can visit of course depends on the amount of funds we can raise.
For further information on the charity please visit: www.ledafrica.org