A mission to bring STEM skills, and robots, to children in West Africa

By The New York Times

May 31, 2016

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Dakar, Senegal - For five days, in a city where horses and carts are still fixtures on the many unpaved roads, boys and girls from sixth grade to high school hunched over laptops and tablets at a camp, entering code to guide their small blue robots through a labyrinth meant to test their skills in a competition on the final day.

In America, the need for more STEM education has become a stump speech delivered by many economists and business leaders. They emphasize that improving these skills will help the United States create more jobs, compete better globally, and increase its economic growth.

The same is true, said Dr. Sidy Ndao, a Senegalese-born engineering professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in Senegal and across West Africa, where incorporating STEM education can help set a course to improve everything from sanitation systems to agriculture and can create jobs in a place with soaring unemployment.

Read the full story at nytimes.com.

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