RoboRave International is an American based robotics education academy in collaboration with the United States Of America Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria kicked off a one week long robotics workshop for a total of four hundred and sixty (460) students from elementary, secondary and university including STEM teachers, robotics enthusiasts, and scientists. The training is taking place in two centers which are at the American Corner at Co – Creation Hub (CCHUB), Yaba, Lagos. The event spans from the 23rd of October to the 25th of October and at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex, Abeokuta, Ogun State from the 26th to the 28th of October.
The aim of this workshop is to enhance the technology education in Nigeria through an engage of the participating children in hands-on robotics activities to stimulate their interest in Mathematics and Science as well as careers in the STEM fields.
A total of one hundred robots will be given at no cost to schools in Lagos and Ogun states that are participating in the ongoing workshop which the majority of them know little or nothing in robotics. Through this action, it is hoped and expected that the students and their teachers are provided with the opportunity to put their new skill at the completion of the training workshop to good use.
John Bray the United States Consul General in his statements explained that the intention of the United States Mission is to support capacity building workshops with the hopes that participants will be inspired to work co-operatively also having the aid of technology to create innovative solutions to shared global challenges. 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 – subjects are collectively known as STEM- in Nigeria,”
The Program partner and the Director RoboRAVE Nigeria in the person of Mr. Kingsley Imade explained that the training sessions will be facilitated by an international faculty, including RoboRAVE International Director of Global Programs Russ Fisher-Ives, and RoboRAVE. Mr. Kingsley Imade said, “An education to develop such STEM enabling competencies like critical and computational thinking, collaboration and creativity that has lifelong advantages”.
According to the North America Director Brian Montoya, 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.