TechInAfrica – The Exquitec Educational Technology held a contest for children in Ojebu-Ode city, Nigeria. The contest required children to propose a tech project with problem-based solutions. They had to identify a problem in Ojebu-Ode, provided a solution, and turned it into a prototype for the solution. This contest aimed at stimulating their critical thinking skills.
The children were required to utilize recyclable waste materials from their surroundings. This would allow them to use their imagination and skills to create a solution for the future of Ijebu-Ode. They had to take a real test which helped them to demonstrate their creativity and intelligence at such a young age.
Coming as the winner of the contest was Oluwafayokunmi Olurinola, 10 years old. He created roads layered with materials made of plastic and bitumen to prevent potholes caused by water and increase the lifespan of the roads. His project was to reuse plastic waste for a cleaner environment while at the same time create job opportunities.
“We need to begin to expose our kids to this concept and skills, which are needed for the 21st-century work-place and also to make them problem solvers and not just consumers of technology,” said the CEO of Exquitec Educational Technology.