By Evelyn Usman
The United States Consulate General in collaboration with RoboRave International, a U.S.-based tech academy, has concluded a week-long robotics workshop for 303 teachers and 187 students from 29 public and private schools across Lagos, Ogun, and Edo states as well as the Federal Capital Territory.
RoboRAVE International Director of Global Programs, Russ Fisher-Ives and RoboRAVE North America Director Brian Montoya facilitated the series of workshops in Benin, Lagos, and Abuja from October 21-27.
Throughout the training, which is the second in two years, students were taught the basics of programming a robot to perform various tasks while teachers learned various aspects of implementing an integrated approach to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics , STEM education.
Speaking at the grand finale of the workshop held at the Zone Tech Park in Gbagada, Lagos, U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Russell Brooks, explained that the workshop was designed to stimulate the interest of the participating students in Mathematics and science, as well as careers in the STEM fields.
Explaining the importance of STEM education to Nigeria’s future prosperity and economic competitiveness, Brooks posited that developing robotics skills can place students on a track to future careers in computer science and artificial intelligence.
“The U.S. Mission in Nigeria is committed to supporting programs that provide youths with access to quality technological learning opportunities. We are also passionate about building teacher confidence and capabilities in the areas of robotics and STEM,” Brooks said.