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These Students Are Working On Robots That 'll Control Traffic, Do Other Jobs

Post  Admin on Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:39 am

Ideally, an institution of learning should be equipped to reflect a community of researchers and teachers from whose knowledge, students can gain exposure and scholarship.

It is then obvious, given this, that human capital development process is synonymous with increase in knowledge, skill development and problem-solving abilities that will enable an individual to be productive in the society.

Thus, to create an intellectually-driven economy in the light of technological advancement, there is a need to increase innovative capacity and impartation of knowledge to improve efficiency, as well as the quality of life.

In view of this, there are some secondary schools in the country whose vision and mission in education is the exploration of the space science field for advancement and development of their immediate environment.

Adesina College, Ibadan, Oyo State has proven itself to be one of such schools in the country in terms of its numerous research works in the space science field in recent times.

Recently, the college presented a model on the application of robots in the society to promote productivity.

According to Miss Fatimo Gbolagun, one of the students of the college, it has become imperative for Nigerian students to join their counterparts across the globe in the exploration of space science for national development.

She told whizzkidz that the proprietor of the college, Mr Adejare Adesina earmarked funds for the running of the project; modelling a robot that could serve the society in the areas of security, traffic control and some other odd jobs which ordinarily, human beings may not be able to perform efficiently.

Speaking further, she revealed that "robots could be used as substitutes to humans in some very difficult and dangerous social responsibilities.

"For instance, we modelled a city, equipped it with all the basic amenities, such as dam, electricity, water, road networks, street lights and then manned a robot to control the system, having programmed it.

"At the end of the project, we realised that it is possible to substitute man with robots that will carry out particular tasks in the society.

"Based on this, we concluded that we can employ the services of robots to boost our productivity in the society, such that when men go to bed, robots can take over.

"Robots can accomplish different tasks depending on their programming, and we can equally engage their services to provide security in our homes and offices."

Speaking in the same vein, Mr. Dada Olalekan, one of the Physics teachers in the college, stressed the need to give priority to space science education in Nigerian schools. He lamented that metal and wood work subjects have been neglected in the schools. He also called on government at the state and federal levels to support the development of space science education in the country.

Similarly, the Proprietress, Mrs. Olufunke Adesina, also appealed to the Federal government to commit more funds to education.

According to her, "if all the money being used by our politicians for foreign tours could be diverted to fund education, especially space science, the state of education and technological development in Nigeria would change positively." She also called on government to support private schools in their efforts to promote space science education in Nigeria.

Master Aladenika Alexander, another student of the school, advocated the establishment of space science clubs in schools across the state. According to him, "the club will serve as research centre for youths in the country.

"If the Nigerian government would pay adequate attention to space science education, the fortunes of the country will turn around within a limited time. Nigerian youths are ready to partner with the government on the development of technology through space science," he said.


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