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Secondary Schools Computer Studies Contest

Kahuhia Girls’ High School is located in Murang’a town about two hours drive from Nairobi. This was the venue of the Computer Studies Contest held on 25 September 2010 that drew attendance from nine secondary schools: Bishop Gatimu, Chania Boys, Mumbi Girls’, Thika High School, Kahuhia Girls’, Mugoiri Girls’, Nginda Girls’, Murang’a High, and Gatanga Girls’ High School.

Students carrying out registration of participants

The contest, which was part of an on-going project funded by Hewlett Packard (HP), was organized by Kahuhia Girls’ High School with support from Strathmore University. Kahuhia Girls’ High School is one of the five secondary schools that have benefited from the HP Innovations in Education Grant. See: http://www.strathmore.edu/hp/about-hp-project.  The other four schools are: Gatanga High School, Machakos Girls High School, Moi Girls Secondary School-Isinya and Olkejuado High School.

The aim of this contest was to provide a networking forum for the participants as well as prepare the form four candidates for the Computer Studies Examination, which was due in November 2010. This contest required the secondary school students to take a test which was marked by the computer studies teachers and graded.

Students taking a test

student facilitating a group discussion

During the contest, the participants had discussion sessions which allowed them to find solutions to challenging problem areas. The contest not only provided a forum for the secondary school students to exchange ideas on how to handle examination questions, but also accorded the Strathmore BBIT (Bachelor of Business Information Technology) students who have been directly involved in the HP project, an opportunity to facilitate the discussion sessions and provide solutions to challenging examination type questions while learning from each other.

participants in a group discussion

Strathmore University’s research faculty from the Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) was not left out. Some of the lecturers took part in the small group discussions while others handled the question and answer session. This contest also provided a forum for the secondary teachers from various schools to network and exchange ideas with each other as well as with the participants from Strathmore University.

lecturer facilitating a group discussion

At the end of the contest those with outstanding performance got a chance to shake Dr. Sevilla’s hand (Senior Lecturer and Head of the HP Research Team) and receive a gift item and certificate. The secondary school teachers also got an award for participating in the event. As the event came to a close, one of the secondary school teachers remarked, “This is a very good idea. We hope to have more of such support from Strathmore, other universities and industry”.

For more photos of the event visit:

http://picasaweb.google.com/joesevilla/KahuhiaGirlsComputerStudiesContest?feat=directlink#

Posted: 26 January 2011 by Selina Evelia