BK TecHouse offers robotics skills to science students

On 4 January 2018 at 06:38

Forty students from different secondary schools in Rwanda are acquiring skills in making and operating robotics.

Organised BK TecHouse, the three-week training intends to encourage youth to think about technology-based solutions.

The training is offered by Nigerian Obinna J. Ukwuani who is the founder of Makers Academy, a secondary school and learning centre in Nigeria and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students.

BK TecHouse is a subsidiary of Bank of Kigali Group Plc, Rwanda’s long-time leading financial institution.

Dubbed “Robotics Academy Rwanda 2018,” the training is taking place at Lycée de Kigali in Nyarugenge District and brought together 40 students aged between 14-17 years who are doing science subjects in secondary schools.

The training aims at raising their skills as well as preparing them for different jobs in the future.

Chief Executive Officer of BK TecHouse, Regis Rugemanshuro said that the training is part of their responsibilities to promote ICT and help youth understand it thoroughly.

He said that as Bank of Kigali celebrates 50 years of operations and plan for 50 years ahead, they thought about what they can do to help different companies and the country be well positioned in the future.

“After observing how robots do many things in a short period of time and through our partnership with MIT, we requested for their students to come and spend three weeks here training Rwandan children,” he said.

Beyond acquiring skills through the training, students will make robots that will perform different activities like cultivation as a way to solve problems using technology.

“We need to create confidence among Rwandans by showing them how things that are being done away are also possible in Rwanda and tell them that they are able to make them,” he said.

He added that they target to take the training to provincial level so that students will turn it into profitable business.

Director General of ICT at the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Claudette Irere said that robotics technologyin Rwanda is timely alongside drones. She said that they need to prepare students to operate them.

“In teaching methodology, such things help to broaden mindsets of students and think big as well as creating new innovations,” she said.

Junior Gashumba, a student in Lycée de Kigali was excited to participate in the training saying the skills can bring positive impact among the population.

“This technology is good as it can help in societal lifestyle like using them in agriculture. I wish to learn much until I am able to make drones that can help in other services,” he said.