The MakersPlace Ghana, a technology-driven organization with a primary focus on developing the skillset of learners between the ages of 6 and 19, has unveiled some projects using an open-sourced pocket-sized computer known as the BBC micro:bit. This piece of hardware allows one to understand how software and hardware work together to achieve a common goal. Due to its open-source nature, it has various functions that one can freely programme to either interact with the individual or the world.
Leveraging it, the community has launched three products built on the platform.
Among them is an automatic water dispenser that dispenses water without direct traditional operation. Embedded sensors automatically detect the cups or containers being dispensed into.
A friendly robot made out of cardboard that makes some gestures when engaged
The last of the exhibited projects is an automated miniature lighting system made out of cardboard that senses the human presence and automatically triggers the light.
Having a solid team of experts and active engineers with diverse experiences, they are passionate about the skill development of Ghana’s and Africa’s future workforce in the present. The organization is STEM.org accredited and pioneers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education right from a primary age through its numerous programs and educational modules.