Have you ever wished you had a robot to help you fold your clothes or move things around? Well, two Nigerian kids have made that wish come true by creating their own robots using coding skills.
Fathia Abdullahi and Oluwatobiloba Nsikakabasi Owolola are both 12 years old and have been coding for only a year or two. But they have already used their knowledge to build robots that can perform useful tasks at home.
Fathia’s robot is a clothes-folding machine that can fold a T-shirt in three seconds. She said she designed it because she wanted to make her weekends easier. “I made the T-shirt folder because there are too many clothes to fold on Saturdays and Sundays when you wash a lot,” she told BBC News.
Oluwatobiloba’s robot is a grabber that can sense nearby objects and move them to another position. He said he started coding when he was 10 and found it interesting. “I programmed it to identify the object, grab it and take it to another position,” he said.
Both Fathia and Oluwatobiloba learned coding at a centre called Code Kids in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. The centre teaches children how to code using Lego robotics kits and software. The aim is to inspire the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers in Africa.
Coding is the process of writing instructions for computers to perform tasks. It is used to create websites, apps, games, animations and more. Coding is also essential for developing artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, which are fields that have many applications and opportunities in the future.
According to the World Economic Forum, Africa has the youngest population in the world, with more than 60% of its people under the age of 25. By 2030, Africa will have the largest workforce in the world, with more than 1.1 billion people. However, many of them will need new skills to compete in the digital economy.
That’s why coding is important for the youth of Africa. It can help them develop creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration skills. It can also empower them to create solutions for their own communities and contribute to the global innovation.
Fathia and Oluwatobiloba are examples of how coding can unleash the potential of African children. They are not only making their lives easier, but also inspiring others to follow their footsteps. They both have big dreams for their future.
Fathia wants to be a food scientist and use coding to create more inventions. Oluwatobiloba wants to be a robotics engineer and work on bigger projects. They both hope that their robots will be available in the market someday.
“I’d love to be a food scientist when I grow up,” Fathia said. “I’ll be able to use coding to build so many things that would help me.”
“This is just a prototype,” Oluwatobiloba said. “I plan to make it bigger and better.”
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Move over Marie Kondo! These Nigerian coding kids have built a robot that folds clothes for you!— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) May 13, 2019
Fathia & Oluwatobiloba are 12-years old and use their skills to build robots that help with housework – which definitely 'sparks joy' in us! pic.twitter.com/xcr2Cqc1fn