STEM4Africa trill school kids with LEGO ROBOTICS CHALLENGE in Lagos

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Educational stakeholders in Nigeria have constantly battled with the poor state of science and technology in the country which studies show is the lack of proper teaching methods and introduction of practicals in these subjects.

All this is about to change….

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) 4 Africa, an international non-profit organization founded in 2016 with its headquarters in Houston, TX and operational branch offices in Oakland and Los Angeles trilled school pupils/students, parents and other stake holders in the educational industry with its just concluded STEM4Africa ROBOTICS CHALLENGE which was held at Hallmark School, Agidingbi, Lagos.

The event saw pupils/students from various schools shared into different teams where they were lectured and trained in metamorphosis. The different teams were made to build robotics out of building blocks pieces and program them to be operated by a smart mobile device.

The excitement could not be controlled as the kids who chose different names for their teams likes MORPHIX, JETS, XTREME TRANSFORMERS, etc. built robotics which solved everyday issues like Push and Pull, Pollination, Resistance, Speed, etc.

The participants were also made to come up with lessons, modifications, observations, predictions, objectives and conclusions on the projects they engaged in. Working in teams of three to four students each with a coaches and supervisors, the participants were able to practice teamwork, patience, face challenges and solve problems together. Most important of all, was the fact that they were able to work hands on as against the theoretical approach which schools adopt in the teaching of STEM subjects in Nigeria.

It was not an all work day, kids were treated to sumptuous meals, snacks, ice cream breaks, interaction and lots more. After the robots were built, an exhibition was organized where parents took time to see what the children had done and listen as they explained the projects.

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It was indeed a successful event where kids learnt in a day perhaps what their counterparts would not learn in a lifetime.

Certificated were given to the members of each team in the areas of Efficiency, Exploration, presentation, Energy, Commitment, creativity etc. At the end of the day, everyone was a winner!

At the end of the event, participants who spoke to News360.info expressed gratitude to the organizers for the opportunity to be a part of the project. Parents were full of praise for the organizers whom they commended for the manner in which they the entire workshop was organized.

A parent, who introduced himself as Mr. Kola said “the kids learned more than they bargained for owing to the way the entire classroom was organized, it was as if they were playing with some toys; meanwhile they were actually learning!”

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