It is an undeniable fact that with the advent of technology, there has been a disruption in our daily work life; such that the hunger for knowledge in technology has increased rapidly, giving room for parents to ensure their kids are not left out in this evolution.
Makers’ Club Holiday programme powered by Start Innovation Hub, which comes to play as a platform for kids/teens to start-off their journey in Tech, had its annual long holiday programme recently which started from 1st August and ended yesterday, 29th August, 2018.
To adequately position Nigeria for future exploits, today’s young Nigerians must be given adequate exposure to relevant digital technologies. This was the position of Mr Hanson Johnson, CEO and founder of Start Innovation Hub, Uyo at the close of the 2018 Makers’ Club Holiday Programme, an entrepreneurship skills acquisition exercise for school children.
Johnson in his remarks said the country’s prosperity is heavily dependent on innovative ideas that must be leveraged by digital technologies and artificial intelligence.
The 2018 Makers’ Club Programme sought, among others, “to help young people acquire technological skills that will make them relevant in today’s digital economy.”
School children aged 5 to 17 were participants in the training which lasted from August 1st to 29th.
They were taken through coding lessons, etiquettes, 3D printing, robotics, as well as effective communication and presentation skills.
On Wednesday, parents and visitors were treated to quality ICT-based projects embarked upon by the participants during the period of the training. Projects presented included smart dustbin, unmanned autonomous vehicle, automatic alarm system, weather station, countdown timer, computer game, and 2 website projects.
Start Innovation Hub is an ICT firm with an innovation lab in the Ibom e-Library, Uyo, Nigeria. It boasts of more than 5 years of consistent commitment to helping tech start-ups begin faster across the Niger Delta region and be more efficient. The firm became an official Facebook Partner in Nigeria in May, 2018. It currently serves as a centre of excellence for Facebook activities aimed at developing creatives and developers and helping them advance their skills.
Even as the knowledge economy and Technology era keeps evolving, it is our duty as parents to encourage our younger generation to embrace tech and be armed with digital skills, as it is a prerequisite for the 21st century smart kid.