Brilliant Nigerian Students Invent Device to Combat Burglary, Win Sahara Foundation STEAMers Competition

Brilliant Nigerian Students Invent Device to Combat Burglary, Win Sahara Foundation STEAMers Competition

  • Brilliant students from Africa have shown what they are capable of as they came up with amazing inventions during the Sahara Foundation STEAMers Competition
  • Students from Igbobi College in Nigeria came first with their remarkable invention, a silent digital alarming device which they named ‘The Watchmen.’
  • Students from St Peters, Kampala, Uganda emerged first runner-up with their ‘Plant Watering System’ invention

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Four students from Igbobi College in Lagos, Nigeria have emerged as the winners of the Sahara Foundation Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Programme.

The programme tagged “Sahara Steamers Programme” was created to give young African inventors a platform to showcase their innovative abilities and hone their technical skills.

It is the brainchild of Sahara Foundation, the corporate social responsibility vehicle of Sahara Group, the energy and infrastructure conglomerate.

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Students of Igbobi College, Lagos state, win Sahara Foundation STEAMers Competition. Photo credit: Sahara Foundation
Source: Facebook gathers that the Sahara Steamers Programme was designed to create an opportunity for 150 participants across three countries; Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda to explore ways of proffering solutions to global issues through interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

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It also gives them access to a deep dive learning experience in practical classrooms, and world-class labs, leading them on the journey of becoming technical problem solvers.

The classroom sessions were conducted by the program’s implementing partner, STEMCafe, a non-linear learning center as well as mentors from Sahara Foundation Volunteer Group.

Sahara Steamers Programme: How the competition was structured

The competition started with a rigorous National Demo preliminary that was held in Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda.

The top three teams that emerged winners from the first stage went ahead to represent their respective countries at the regional competition.

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The regional finalists presented prototype designs of their solutions targeting several sectors including home automation, agriculture, security, energy, health, and transportation.

The students displayed a profound understanding of embedded systems, additive manufacturing, and the ability to use human-centered design in creating sustainable solutions to prevalent social problems around them.

‘The Watchmen’: Special Invention that earned Igbobi College students first position

At the end of the regionals, Igbobi College contingents also Known as ‘The Watchmen’ took the first position.

The group comprises of:

  1. Njubigbo Onyeka
  2. Ayo Mofe Moses
  3. Ayilo John
  4. Maduanusi Chigozirim.

The students produced a remarkable ‘Silent Digital Alarming Device’ which they named ‘The Watchman.’

The device can help combat home and commercial burglary, as well as tackle unauthorised access into designated buildings and kidnappings in the society.

The students explained that the device enhances security through detection of the crime at the time the crime begins, and alerts authorised persons through a registered device making them aware that a crime is in progress.

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The device can also send a phone call to the police station registered on the device.

“The device is ready for mass production, and we are confident that it would help increase security and lead to a safer community for all,” they said.

Ugandan students emerge first runner-up with ‘Plant Watering System’ invention

Meanwhile, the students from St Peters, Kampala, Uganda emerged first runner-up with their ‘Plant Watering System’ invention.

The team included:

  1. Samantha Nabaggala
  2. Ntende Paulson Muyinda
  3. Tumuhaise Bridget
  4. Nabaasa Beckham
  5. Otim Jeremy Jason
  6. Mbabazi Meshack.

The remarkable ‘Plant Watering System’ named ‘Ziggo’ was invented to address the issue of food insecurity in Uganda, as explained by the young innovators.

The students added that the Ziggo plant watering system uses sprinklers and an underground pump consisting of a soil moisture sensor to detect water levels of the soil and a thermos sensor to detect soil temperature.

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According to them, the invention would support water harvesting, improve irrigation farming, and reduce the rate of famine significantly in Uganda and Africa as a whole if the device is applied widely.

Kenyan students emerged second runner-up with ‘Venus Inventors’

Students from Olympic High School, Kenya finished as the second runner-up with an invention collectively known as ‘Venus Inventors’.

The team included:

  1. Vincent Mutua
  2. Braxton Lumbasi
  3. Joshua Mwilwatsi
  4. Larryson Muthama
  5. Linah Mideva,
  6. Martin Ochola

The students produced an amazing ‘Ultrasonic Distance Sensor Alarm System’ that helps combat insecurity and promote energy efficiency.

They explained that the device would help reduce home and car burglaries in Kenya. It is also designed to reduce energy consumption, which reduces living expenses.

The students used components such as Arduino, jumper wires, and a passive infrared motion sensor to create this device.

African students urged to keep exploring their creativity

In his remarks, the Managing Director, Sahara Group, Emmanuel Magani said:

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‘‘The Sahara Foundation STEAMers program has again reinforced the ingenuity of Africa’s young minds, and to see a such array of top-quality inventions targeting key issues in Africa, developed by secondary students, validates Sahara’s commitment to investing in Africa’s next generation of inventors.”

He also urged the students to stay curious, to keep exploring their creativity, to deepen their STEAM knowledge further, and to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation toward solving challenges around them.

Bosun Tijani, the founder of STEMCafe, also shared his thoughts:

‘‘The opportunity to expose more young people to STEM through projects that solve real-life problems drives our goal of raising a new generation of changemakers across Africa.”

He said the organization’s partnership with Sahara Foundation had paved the way for taking the “desire to dream” to more young Africans.

Director, Sahara Foundation, Pearl Uzokwe commended all participants for being “worthy ambassadors of Africa” and a source of hope for “sustainably prosperous Africa in which no one will be left behind.”

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She further mentioned that the goal of Sahara Foundations STEAMers initiative was to identify, train, and empower the next generation of Africa’s smart technologists, creative thinkers, and confident problem solvers.

“Sahara Foundation desires to produce a well-rounded army of youths with the confidence to achieve outstanding feats that will advance Africa’s socio-economic development. We are delighted with this maiden edition and look forward to much more,” she added.

Uzokwe thanked the program’s implementing partner, STEMCafe, the principals and management of all participating schools, as well as other stakeholders that contributed to the success of this year’s program. She announced that plans for the next edition are in progress.

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The prodigy and two other pupils, Sonia Dzidula of Ho West and Victoria Yaotse of Ho, who made up the Volta Region team, defeated their virals to win the ultimate National Reading Festival prize.

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