About 460 elementary, secondary and university students are currently undergoing a robotics training workshop by a US-based robotics education, RoboRave International education academy.
The idea is to promote academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, (known as STEM) and boost technology education in Nigeria by engaging the students in hands-on robotics activities. The US Consul General proposes that the training will be a source of motivation to pursue careers in math and science.
Accordingly, the US Mission hopes that by this training, the participants will be inspired to create innovative solutions to painstaking daily global challenges. In recent times, technology is now a way a life; hence, it is imperative for the youths to be properly groomed in academic disciplines of STEM. He said:
‘In a world that’s becoming increasingly technology-driven, it’s more important than ever before for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to become innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our world, both today and tomorrow. We are honored to support this initiative that promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics- these subjects are collectively known as STEM in Nigeria.’
Program partner and director, RoboRAVE Nigeria, Mr. Kingsley Imade explained that the sessions will focus fully on robotics designs and programming to provide a platform through which the teachers can transfer the same knowledge to the students. The training sessions will also include other directors from other international faculties- RoboRAVE International Director of Global Programs Russ Fisher-Ives and RoboRAVE North America Director Brian Montoya.
In a world where technology has taken over, Nigeria has to move with the trend and the best way possible is to begin from cradle according to Mr. Imade. He said further:
‘An education to develop robotics skills places students on track to develop such STEM enabling competencies like critical and computational thinking, collaboration and creativity that has long life advantages.’
The program which is currently underway at the American Corner at Co-Creation Hub (CCHUB), Yaba, Lagos, 23-25 October and at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex, Abeokuta, Ogun State, promises to give in a donation of a hundred robotics for free to participating schools upon completion of the program. This way, the teachers, and students can put their knowledge into use.