Inspiring girls to pursue STEM careers
The team from Berytech’s Fab Lab conducted a workshop during the Girls Got IT Exploring Engineering & Technology event in Tyre on November 24, 2017, which drew over 500 girls from the surrounding cities and villages.
Hosted by Tyre Secondary Mixed School, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the fifth edition showcased the latest innovations in STEM and included hands-on activities for students.
Girls Got IT
Girls Got IT was born as a collective effort of Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB), The Arab Women in Computing (Arab WIC), IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), Women in IT (WIT), and Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) to empower and inspire girls to pursue careers in STEM through hands-on workshops.
Smart Agriculture Workshop
During the Fab Lab workshop, the girls were introduced to Smart Agriculture. The workshop taught how to integrate Technology in Agriculture, to achieve smart and more efficient farming activities.
Wael Khalil – Berytech Fab Lab Coordinator, who conducted the workshop, introduced various sensors and equipment that could be used to automize an Irrigation System, and explained how to program and control those sensors to achieve a functional Smart Irrigation System.
Participants also learnt how to build an Electric Circuit and use a Micro-Controller (Arduino) to achieve a functional smart system.
A joint mission
The Berytech Fab Lab joins the LLWB, Arab WIC, WIE, WIT and DOT in their mission to inspire girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The newly inaugurated facility ultimately aims to build Lebanon’s maker community. The Berytech Fab Lab is co-funded by Berytech and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.