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AFRON Design Challenge: An Educational Robot for $10

Education Robotics
AFRON Design Challenge: An Educational Robot for

UC Berkeley Professor Ken Goldberg and Ayorkor Korsah Asst. Professor of Computer Science at Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana would like makers to participate in the African Robotics Network (AFRON) design challenge, which seeks to establish a new class of affordable robotics for the classroom. Existing platforms are often too expensive for students in Africa. And honestly, we’ve heard the same thing from teachers, parents and students in America as well.

Here’s some information about AFRON and its mission:

Since it launched on 1 May 2012, AFRON has 260+ members from 25 countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Algeria, South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania, Cameroon, and Ethiopia, as well as affiliated members from US, Switzerland, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and Argentina.

The African Robotics Network (AFRON)

Article in IEEE Spectrum

he deadline is Sept 15th. See the AFRON website for detailed information about the AFRON Design Challenge for low-cost robotics.

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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