Full Meaning and Importance of JETS Club
The full meaning of JETS Club is Junior Engineers, Technicians, and Scientist. It was established in 1982 by Professor Peter Okebukola.
This club typically consists of students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects and interested in furthering their knowledge and skills.
The club exists and functions in several secondary schools across Nigeria. They organize activities such as science and engineering competitions, academic quizzes, seminars, workshops, and practical demonstrations. These activities foster creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork among club members.
JETS Club organizes Science fair projects to help the student learn science, not from the perspective of theory, where they only learn about facts but also perform experiments and see the real-life application of experiments of what they are being taught in class.
TYPES OF JETS CLUB PROJECT
- Projects focused on creating virtual objects, such as car projects, airplane projects, and more.
- Projects made to bring joy through beauty and artistic expression, including music, visual arts, and similar endeavors.
- Projects developed to address specific issues or challenges, such as finding solutions for poverty, combating deforestation, or protecting endangered species.
- Projects created to help students learn and acquire new knowledge and skills, like conducting science experiments. Science projects help kids enhance their scientific and technical abilities and make a name for themselves.
IMPORTANCE OF JETS CLUB
Below are some of the importance of joining the Junior Engineers, Technical and Scientist (JETS) Club.
- Engaging in Hands-on Projects: JETS Clubs encourage its members to engage in hands-on projects related to science, engineering, and technology. These projects may involve designing and building prototypes, conducting experiments, or solving real-world problems. The club provides a platform for students to explore their creativity, apply the theoretical concepts taught in class, and develop their practical skills.
- Facilitating Networking and Mentorship: JETS Clubs often facilitate networking opportunities between students, teachers, and professionals in the Science and Technological field. This allows students to connect with mentors who can guide and inspire them in their academic and career pursuits. The club provides a supportive community where students can exchange ideas, collaborate on projects, and learn from each other.
- Promoting Interest in Science and Technology Education: The primary function of the JETS Club is to promote interest and proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics among secondary school students. It aims to create awareness and enthusiasm for STEM subjects, encouraging students to pursue further education and careers.
- Collaboration with Industry Partners: JETS Clubs often collaborate with industry partners, research institutions, and universities to expose students to real-world applications of Science and Technology. They may organize field trips, industrial visits, or guest lectures to give students firsthand experiences and insights into various industries and career opportunities.
An Example of JETS Club Project
Four Teenage girls who are members of the JETS Club came up with the idea of creating a urine-powered Generator. Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola.
The working principle of the Urine Powered Generator is that the urine is put into an electrolytic cell that separates hydrogen, water, and nitrogen. The hydrogen is then passed through the water filter for purification before getting pushed into the gas cylinder. Next, the gas cylinder pushes the hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which then dries up the hydrogen gas. This purified hydrogen gas is then pushed into the generator.
In conclusion, there has been a general decline in JETS Club activities in Nigeria, which may result from a decline in science and technology events in Nigeria. Their primary and secondary school activities have significantly declined in recent years. People have high hopes for the club to be revived in all primary and secondary educational institutions in Nigeria.