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Intel, Shell and Interswitch in Partnership for National Science & Engineering Fair

L-R: Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel West Africa, Mr. Osagie Ogunbor, Head, Social Performance Shell Petroleum Development Company, Mr. Emmanuel Anyim and Head, Marketing, Interswitch, Mrs. Enyioma Anaba at the 2013 National Science and Engineering Fair press conference sponsored by SPDC,Intel and Interswitch in Lagos.

The National Science and Engineering Fair for all secondary schools across the country has  kicked off on at the University of Lagos. The four day annual event, which is the biggest science fair for secondary schools in Nigeria is being sponsored by Shell Petroleum Development Company, Intel Corporation and Interswitch.  
Secondary schools from around the thirty six states of the federation will be showcasing their projects and inventions as they try to address the challenges in their local communities. The organisers say the annual event has been instrumental in encouraging secondary school students to develop an enquiry-based, practical approach to the Science and Engineering learning process. 
They say they want to use the fair encourage a practical approach that will excite these young budding scientists to think creatively on how they can apply knowledge to address their local issues through science, technology and engineering.  
The four-day activity is a rigorous process and is birthed out of the need to actively engage the students in a strategic initiative that gradually transforms them from basic learners to researchers and solution providers to societal challenges. 
Speaking at a News conference in Lagos, the Corporate Affairs Manager of Intel West AfricaMr. Osagie Ogunbor further stated that the outstanding students at the fair will be sponsored abroad to International fairs like the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in the United States, which is being the largest known Science and engineering Fair for High School Students in the world. 
According to him, Nigerian students have consistently given a good account of themselves in such international fairs. Only last year, students from the Calvary Arrows College in far away Gboko, Benue State won several awards at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists in South African Fair with their tri-powered lawn mower.
On his part, the Head, Social Performance Shell Petroleum Development Company(SPDC), Emmanuel Anyim also stated that the partnership with Intel and Interswitch was part of its commitment to; National development and actively positioning the Nigerian educational sector on a global pedestal. 
“As a company operating in both national and global markets, Shell feels a sense of responsibility to balance the social, economic and environmental components of its business activities not just by caring for the environment alone, but by adding to the pool of knowledge that will culminate in the overall intellectual growth and maturity of these students.” Anyim stated in his address to the press. 
He reiterated that the Corporate Social Responsibility activities of Shell have over time expanded to include health-care, environmental maintenance and education among a host of other activities to support the reformation agenda of the nation. 
Speaking on the occasion of the fair, Head, Communications, Enyioma Anaba, encouraged the students to embrace technology not just as a discipline but as a way of life in this fast-paced information era. She stated that Interswitch had positioned itself as a socially responsible company with heavy investments in the educational sector.
“Interswitch will continue to do more to partner with businesses, profit and non-profit organizations and other development-based sectors to accelerate growth and development towards a better, more globally represented Nigeria.” She added.
As the students exhibit, their teachers will participate in a two-day Educator’s Academy, where they will learn about current trends in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), including project management and mentoring of young scientists. 
The four-day activity will consist of series of judging processes, quiz competitions, cultural presentations among other activities and will culminate in a grand closing ceremony with several dignitaries in attendance.
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