Stem Education: A Tool for Sustainable National Capacity Building in a Digital Economy

By Dr.kennedy Chinedu Okafor


Currently, Nigerian college students rank low among students of both the industrialized and
developing countries when it comes to achievement in Science Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM). This is a fact borne out in test scores and other assessments of
academic achievement in various examinations. This paper defines STEM as an educational
taxonomy used in the context of multidisciplinary domain when addressing educational
policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in science and
technology development. The perspective in this paper shows that STEM has implications on
the workforce development, national security concerns and other related policies. In this
paper, STEM definition as it relates to the new digital economy and knowledge era for
national capacity building is presented. A modified framework for STEM education (MSTEM)
from primary to tertiary level in Nigeria is proposed while articulating its merits. Best
practices in M-STEM initiatives including programme implementation, sustainability and
professional developments are discussed. The paper concludes by articulating the open
challenges while discussing the remediation
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Published: May 16, 2016

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Dr.kennedy Chinedu Okafor

Dr.kennedy Chinedu Okafor

Dr. Kennedy Chinedu Okafor is a Senior Member of the IEEE,USA, an Expert in HPC/Cybersecurity. He had his B.Eng in Electrical Electronics Engineering from Enugu State University of Science and Technology,(ESUT), M.Eng and Ph.D in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, (UNN), respectively. He is the CEO of Kswitche Consults, a leading R&D organization in Nigeria and have worked with Electronic Development Institute (Former Center For Adaptation of Technology-CAT), Awka under National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, (NASENI-FMST), Nigeria as a Senior R&D Engineer from 2006-2014. He has various vendor certifications including CCNA,CCNP (Fog, edge, routing and switching), ComPTIA A+, and Server+. In 2009, he served with the House of Representative Committee on Cyber-security and Information Protection Bill. In 2010, he executed a major World Bank project (ICT) in Anambra State. Also, he was the lead consultant in the Biometric Data Capture for PHCN in 2011. He has worked in different areas of advanced digital electronics and computer systems design such as Smart Meters, Cloud SOA applications, Smart green automation with IoTs, Cyber-Physical Apps, Modelling/Simulation of Real Time Systems; FPGA/CPLD implementations using VHDL WARP Cypress, Quatus II, JAVA Netbeans, MATLAB Sim & Riverbed Modeller. His areas of interest include - HPC Design Infrastructure, Middlewares, Embedded /VLSI computational intelligence, Enterprise-Wide Systems, & CyberSecurity. He has about 125 technical publications, and has presented papers in both Int'l and local conferences. He is a Lecturer in the Department of EEE/Mechatronics Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, (FUTO). Professionally, he is a cooperate Member of NSE, NCS, IAENG, AASCIT, CSEAN & COREN registered. He is a member of editorial board in IJCAC (USA),IJACSA,(UK), IJISP(USA), SJET(India), Computer Science Archive,(USA),etc indexed in ISI Web of Science (Thomson Reuters).


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