TWELVE learners from the Physically Active Youth (PAY) Centre attended robotics classes at FABlab Namibia, one of Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) centres of excellence.
The learners, aged between eight and 17, attended classes for six weeks.
PAY is a Katutura-based afterschool centre for young people from disadvantaged communities.
FABlab chose to partner with PAY, in an effort to uplift communities through teaching young people the basics of coding, building robots and using critical thinking and engineering design processes to solve problems and complete tasks. This was conducted through operating robots to move, lift, push and pull objects. “In a country where there are so many young people, it is vital for the youth to keep up with these cutting-edge trends. Gaining science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics skills will breed more innovators and talented tech-entrepreneurs in Namibia,” said FABlab Director, Kirstin Wiedow. NUST engineering and computing students have also been involved in FABlab’s initiatives, through mentoring of the learners. Furthermore, the students have developed robotic arms and drones as part of the projects at FABlab. -nust.na
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