ACI, an NGO that provides technology education to young people below age 30 is set to launch a new project tagged #Project10000kids, which will see 10000 Nigerian kids receive training in robotics.
With #Project10000kids, ACI targets 50 students in 200 secondary schools across Lagos, Ibadan, Osogbo, Akure, Ile-Ife and Abeokuta. Asides the secondary schools students, it will also train 50 kids at Kids and Teens Resource Center, Akure and 100 kids at 2 orphanages in Lagos.
Scheduled to begin in September 2015 through April 2016, a total of 800 instructors would be used for the whole project.
The NGO is raising $150,000 for the project on Indiegogo. According to ACI, the fund raised will cover LEGO robotics, transportation, t-shirts for students instructors, lunch allowances for instructors, and logistics.
In a statement to CPAfrica, team lead and founder of ACI, Olaoluwa Balogun said: “Our intention is to champion the beginning of a great paradigm in the Nigerian education system. We want to expose our young students to real-world engineering challenges through hands-on LEGO-based robotics projects. We want Nigerian kids to begin to think creatively and innovate like their international counterparts. It is time to start grooming our kids not just to pass WAEC and UTME. The kids would learn about basic coding concepts, algorithms and how to build simple robots using the LEGO robotics kit”.
To ensure continuity, ACI says it will start a robotics club in each of the schools and make the schools compete on a termly basis. The first round of the competition would be in December 2015.
ACI was founded by Olaoluwa Balogun in 2011 as an undergraduate at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. With a goal to see a great proportion of Nigerian youth become computer programmers and tech enthusiasts, ACI has trained over 2000 undergraduates at Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Ibadan in software development, robotics, graphics and animation in the last 4 years.