2017 World Space Week Celebration
Theme: Exploring New Worlds in Space
World Space Week (WSW) is a United Nations - declared holiday event which takes place from 4–10 October every year in different parts of the world. It is officially defined as "an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition."
In Nigeria, the event took place from 4 - 6 October at the Space Museum of the African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education-English, Obafemi Awolowo University Campus, Ile Ife.The 3-day event saw Primary School participating on the first day, secondary schools on the second day while tertiary institutions took their turn on the final day.
Primary schools that participated in the first day included: Mustard Seed Nursery and Primary School, OAU Staff School, Damico Montessori International School, Faith Standard Montessori School, Pearl Preparatory, amongst others.
In his welcome address, the Executive Director (ARCSSTEE), Dr G. I. Agbaje, ably represented by the Deputy Director (Admin/Finance), Mrs Lami Ali-Fadiora, challenged the students to pay rapt attention and participate fully in all the activities of the day in order to get optimal benefits of Space Technology.
There were presentations on the use of Space Rocketry and Telescope. The pupils also had a hands-on training on the building of telescopes anchored by Messers Abdullahi Ali and Adekunle Falade while Mr Stanislaus Nnadih anchored the Virtual Reality 3D simulation of outer space.
There was also a quiz competition which was won by Ayanlade Ayanfeoluwa of OAU Staff School and Akanbo Jesuloluwa of The Vine Schools Limited who both scored 20 out of 20 points. Agunboade Otana and Alabi Victoria, both of the Vine Schools Limited; Adebambo Akinkansola of OAU Staff School and Afolabi Oluwadamola of Unique
Nursery and Primary School scored 19 out of 20 points.
The Vine Schools Limited was adjudged the best school in the Primary Section.
Secondary Schools which participated in the event included Unique Minds International College, Ambassadors College, Islamic Redeemer's Model College amongst others.
The Quiz competition for Secondary Schools was won by Africa Ufuoma representing Ambassadors College who scored a total of 20 out of 20 points while Adeniyi Samson (Ambassadors College), Olagoke Taiwo (King's Will College) and Akinsoga Ifeoluwa (Progress Comprehensive High School) scored a total of 19 out of 20 points.
Teachers were also celebrated during the events as the 5th of October every year is marked Internationally as, "Teachers Day".