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U.S. Consulate organizes tech workshop for students in Lagos

June 9, 2018

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U.S. Consulate organizes tech workshop for students in Lagos

The U.S. Consulate in Lagos organzied a two-day drone technology workshop for students and women. The workshop is meant to increase interests in mathematics and science-related subjects. The team of drone experts led by Global Air Media co-founder, Eno Umoh, facilitated the series of workshops, which took place at Cedar STEM & Entrepreneurship Hub and American Corner at Co-Creation Hub (CCHUB).

About 30 primary and secondary school students were coached on the basics of building a drone from the scratch, as well as the requisite skills for piloting and landing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Also, 13 female STEM leaders were mentored on the evolving technology needs of the 21st century, particularly in the fields of real estate and construction, cinematography, as well as humanitarian and emergence.

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The Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate Lagos, Ms. Darcy Zotter, explained that the hands-on workshop was designed to stimulate the interest of the participating students in mathematics and science, as well as careers in the STEM fields.

“STEM enables us to find solutions to some of the most pressing issues of today such as alternative energy or even food security. Creating inventions to solve global challenges can be a catalyst for a country’s economic development.”

This is a step in the right direction for young people to embrace technology trends. Will such initiatives be sustainable in the future? Shouldn’t the government look for ways to have such workshops likes this on a large scale to favour the masses? How many students can organizations such as this teach? Nigeria’s educational sector is on the verge of collapsing and organizations such as the U.S. Consulate are “patching injuries that need surgeries”.

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