Girls in mathematical sciences from the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), as part of their mentorship programme paid an educational visit to Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC).
The key objective of the visit was to enlighten the girls on the practical applications of mathematical sciences using GAEC laboratories.
Welcoming the students, Mr. Mark Sarfo, Manager of Communication and Public Relations Center (CPRC) and Dr. Julliet Attah, Head of the Scientific Information and Technology Transfer Unit of the National Nuclear Research Institute stated that the mandate of GAEC is to advice government on nuclear issues and promote the peaceful uses of nuclear and related technologies for the socio-economic development of Ghana.
They further explained that GAEC currently operates a nuclear research reactor to determine the composition of substances at the elemental level.
The pair, together with the team from CPRC led the students to the Nuclear Reactors Research Center and the Accelerator Research Center, where they were educated on the various research activities conducted by scientists in those centers.
Additionally, the students after the tour interacted with resource persons from Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute who educated them on research activities undertaken in their Institute.
The Director of the Nuclear Power Institute, Dr. Seth Kofi Debrah took his turn to educate them on the progress Ghana has made so far in acquiring a nuclear power reactor.
He briefly took them through the processes involved in the generation on electricity from nuclear reactors.
Mr. Johnson Singir, the Programmes Officer of AIMS, in showing appreciation for the warm reception made a presentation to the Deputy Director General of GAEC, Prof. Shiloh Osae, on behalf of the Institute.
Prof. Osae in a short statement advised the students to focus on their studies and aspire to become world-renowned female scientist in the future.
By: CPRC, CCD, GAEC