Rwanda, Jan 30 – Robotics Camp Rwanda 2018 in Kigali came to a close, marking one of the most historical events for the East African country. It was for the first time that the landlocked country was hosting the camp that pulled 40 students from 20 schools within the country.
The theme Imagine it, engineer it, and make it go! carried the event for three-weeks. The camp was prepared by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in partnership with Bank of Kigali.
The public-private partnership aimed at offering a platform where selected students would be taught more on robotics. In such camps, students are exposed to the modern technology and taught how it works.
The avenue brought a lot of experience to the Rwandans, who may not be graced with such facilities in their technological fields. With the skills they learnt during the three week era, the students are competent enough to build their own robots to ease the workload in different fields.
Rwanda is two years adrift off its Vision 2020 mark and would want to prepare adequately to achieve its goals. The country is counting on advanced technology to facilitate development in emerging markets. Skills development will come in handy especially for the youth whose equipment in information technology will pave way for greater opportunities in the country.
The industrial transformation in Africa needs more proactive solution finders with the use of modern technology to fast track development and manages the challenges that may arise. The digital world needs more skills that are obtained in such camps.
Rwandans believe the opportunity granted would encourage some development in the country cutting across various spectrum of different sectors. For instance, with the Made-in-Rwanda movement, it would be interesting to see how robotics engineers would venture into fields as agriculture and construction with modernized machines to make work effective and efficient in future.
Such inventions and innovations will bring growth to the country and opportunities in other sectors.
For a landlocked and small economy like Rwanda the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a priority and promises a lot of potential for development.