1.What does STEM stand for?
STEM is an acronym used to refer to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Promoting STEM education is at the core of the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation
2. Who can participate in The STEM Prize competition?
To be eligible to participate in the program you must be between the ages of 13 and 21. There is no certificate required provided you have a good project to submit.
3. Can a group of individuals participate even if they don’t belong to a school?
Yes, any groups of Cameroonians within the specified age group are eligible to participate. If you are not part of a school, we will require recommendations from community leaders to ensure the project can be implemented. Each project must however be submitted in teams of 2 – 5 members. You must have at least 2 members in a team and no more than 5.
4. Why did you choose the ages between 13 and 21?
13 to 21-year-olds are young, energetic and have the greatest potential of being transformative leaders. Although people of most ages will benefit from this program, research shows that focusing on youths, especially those in their formative years, has the highest potential of significant long-term social impact. By nurturing leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation at this young age, we can quickly expand the pool of credible entrepreneurs in the country and sub-region.
5. In what language should projects be submitted?
Projects can be submitted in either English or French. Through this program, we encourage the strong interaction between young scholars from all 10 regions and from very different backgrounds that’s representative of Cameroon.
6. What is the selection criteria?
All projects submitted will be judged on it’s potential social impact, its relevance and scalability. Each team can submit only one project.
7. How can I contact The STEM Prize?
By email: [email protected]
8. Does The STEM Prize offer jobs?
For now it does not. The STEM Prize is an initiative of the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation and the Foundation has specific staff members dedicated to managing this program.
9. What branches of science and technology is The STEM Prize involved in?
STEM education refers to a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, and encompasses a vast array of disciplines which includes aerospace engineering, astrophysics, astronomy, biochemistry, biomechanics, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, mathematical biology, nanotechnology, neurobiology, nuclear physics, physics, and robotics, among others.
10. Can I change my application details after submitting my application?
No. However, should your contact details such as your email address change, please notify us via e-mail at: [email protected]. To avoid any delays in the evaluation of your application, please do take time to complete the application form with accurate information.