The Dakar Open Digital Space (Espace Numérique Ouvert – ENO) of the Université virtuelle du Sénégal (UVS), based in Mermoz, hosted the 3rd edition of the Ubbil Sciences Festival on December 18, 2021.
In this context, students members of the Network of Mathematicians and Computer Scientists (Réseau des Étudiants mathématiciens et informaticiens – REMI), responded to the activity. In the stands set up for the occasion, they proudly displayed their various achievements to the public. These works have the particularity of responding perfectly to the theme of this edition, namely “COVID-19, un combat citoyen”. Thus, when browsing the exposed objects, we note visors made using a 3D printer, a connected trash can, an automatic hydro-alcoholic gel dispenser, an access card via an electronic door, a connected cane, among others. They were visited by the public, including administrative, technical and service staff, research teachers and UVS students.
As the initiative wants, this event was a privileged opportunity to connect local expertise, facilitate the sharing of experiences and good practices, but also to give more visibility to the scientific, artistic and technical world in Africa. Special attention is given to children and young people to awaken and develop in them a passion for STEM, associating them in particular with activities.
The initiator of the Ubbil Sciences Festival is Dr Khadidiatou SALL, founder of Science Education Exchange for Sustainable Development (SeeSD), an organization that promotes STEM. She is also responsible for the Licence and the Master of Molecular Genetics.