- Courtesy Khaleej Times
A 12-year-old Kenyan boy left a young audience in Dubai, UAE mesmerized after his presentation on technology.
Patrick Njoroge Wachira has been termed as a child prodigy in the field of science at the 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) in Dubai, UAE.
He was among speakers at the children's festival on Saturday, May 21, who shared stories of their accomplishments in a bid to challenge their peers to pursue their dreams and realise their full potential.PNW Innovation Programme CEO Patrick Njoroge Wachira.Theexchange.africa
Patrick left the young audience stunned with a presentation about his initiative, the PNW Innovations Programme, which offers free STEM education to underprivileged Kenyan children.
“I want to empower every African child to be an innovator,” he stated.
The 12-year-old is working on a Mobile STEM Lab and Makerspace built on a bus equipped with robots and drones, learning kits, and electronic and mechanical workstations, which will travel throughout rural Kenya.
He is an avid robotics enthusiast, and he told the conference attendees his favourite interest at SCRF was the Robot Zoo.
Patrick stated that he is inspired by leaders from the UAE due to their efforts in developing the country and the technological advancements that the nation had made so far.
The 13th edition of SCRF, running in Expo Centre Sharjah until May 22, under the theme ‘Create Creativity’.
Parents and young visitors at the ongoing 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) have paid rich tributes to the region’s largest event of its kind for continuing its legacy of being “more just than a literary festival”.
Patrick also tutors children and university students in Kenya, through his PNW Innovation Programme where he offers free lessons. He also prides himself as an innovator who built a revolutionary tool that can be used in sensing sewerage blockages.
His project connects to the smartphone that allows users to detect sewerage blockages and sludges for timely repairs. So far it has attracted industry bigwigs and he was invited to showcase at the Expo 2020 in Dubai.A signage showing Dubai 2020 Expo.File
“I created a prototype, which could be fine-tuned over the years. It also detects sludges, and toxic chemicals and sends an alarm to the control room. It helps the authorities to detect the sludges and blockages early enough and undertake preventive measures with less human effort.
“If I get a chance to implement it in the UAE, I will be happy to collaborate with any of the civic bodies in the Emirates, be it Dubai Municipality to implement this robotic solution," he was quoted by a Dubai publication.
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