The United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, in collaboration with RoboRave International, a US-based robotics education academy, has begun a week-long robotics workshop for 460 elementary, secondary and university students, STEM teachers, robotics enthusiasts, and scientists.
Holding at the American corner at the Co-Creation Hub (CCHUB), Yaba, Lagos, it will end at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The workshop seeks to boost technology education by engaging the participating students in hands-on robotics activities to stimulate their interest in mathematics and science as well as careers in the STEM fields.
One hundred robots will be donated to participating schools in Lagos and Ogun states, many of them with little or no experience in robotics. This is expected to provide the students and their teachers with an opportunity to put their skills to use on the completion of the training.
The US Consul-General, F. John Bray, explained that the US Mission was supporting the capacity building workshop in hopes that participants will be inspired to work collaboratively with the aid of technology to create innovative solutions to shared global challenges.
“In a world that is becoming increasingly technology-driven, it is 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 honoured to support this initiative, which promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects collectively known as STEM in Nigeria,” Consul-General Bray said.
Programme partner and Director RoboRAVE Nigeria, Mr. Kingsley Imade, explained that the training sessions would be facilitated by an international faculty, including RoboRAVE International Director of Global Programmes Russ Fisher-Ives and RoboRAVE North American Director, Brian Montoya.
According to him, the sessions, focusing on robotics designs and programming, will provide a platform for teachers to learn how to implement the STEM approach in the educational process via practical scientific activities throughout the training days.
“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 have life-long advantages,” Director, RoboRAVE Nigeria, Kingsley Imade, said.