As part of moves to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria in collaboration with RoboRave International, a U.S.-based robotics education academy, last week kicked off a week-long robotics workshop for 460 elementary, secondary and university students, STEM teachers, robotics enthusiasts and scientists.
The training took place at the American Corner at Co- Creation Hub (CCHUB), Yaba, Lagos and at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex, Abeokuta, Ogun State respectively.
The workshop, according to the organisers, seeks to boost technology education in Nigeria 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. During the training no fewer than 100 robots were donated free 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 the opportunity to put their skills to use after the completion of the training. Meanwhile, the United States Consul General, F. John Bray explained that the U.S. Mission supported the capacity building workshop with the hope 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, today and tomorrow.
We are honoured to support this initiative that promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – subjects collectively referred to as STEM – in Nigeria,” 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 America Director Brian Montoya.