I worked on this post on Wednesday to get it ready for Friday. I attended the presentation on Tuesday.
Dawn Danby is a Senior Sustainable Design Program Manager is our Reputation, Consumer, and Education group. The other day she hosted a lunch-time presentation at our Pier 9 office that I was fortunate to attend.
Stefania Druga is the founder of HacKIDemia and Afrimakers, former Googler and graduate from an international Erasmus Mundus master of Media Engineering for Education (France, Spain, Portugal). In the summer of 2012 she was also the Education Teaching Fellow at Singularity University at NASA, where she advised and coached 80 students from 36 countries. In the past 3 months she has traveled to 8 African countries and trained local teams of makers to design and create hands-on projects that could solve local challenges like access to electricity, clean water, health.
Since it was conceived in 2013, the AfriMakers tour, initiated by HacKIDemia, has kickstarted maker workshops focused on local challenges in 8 hubs around Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Botswana). Local teams have created air quality monitoring stations, agriculture pest maps, solar chargers, water filters, and mobile laser cutters. HacKIDemia is a global organization that works with kids all over the world. Since September 2012 they've worked with over 20,000 children and trained over 800 mentors on 4 continents.
If you would like to see her slides:
Something that stuck with me from Stefania's presentation was: Children is under-developed parts of the world are very curious. They want to learn how everything works. They stick with projects even if they are hard. Children in wealthy countries become less engaged when something is difficult to understand or complicated to build. On hearing this, I thought to myself: Perhaps we are prisoners of our own success?
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Thanks for Stefania for a great presentation. Thanks to Dawn for hosting the event and the information for this blog posting.
Stefania noted that adults come together to solve problems. In contrast, children come together to share joy and play. HacKIDemia leverages that and uses play as a way to address the world's challenges. "Let's play together."
Curiosity is alive in the lab.