SHS students learn engineering concepts and designs

Stephen Asante/Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA

Kumasi, Aug. 01, GNA – The College of
Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has
launched a programme to harness inherent engineering potentials in senior high
school (SHS) students.

It forms part of the drive towards making
engineering-related courses more attractive to students at the pre-tertiary

The three-day programme dubbed ‘Cygnus
Engineering Camp’ is being jointly sponsored by Norad, a Norwegian-based
Development Agency, and Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo).       

Professor Mark Adom-Asamoah, Provost of the
College, in a speech read for him, indicated that the nation could not make
development headway without relying on technology.

Policy-makers, he said, therefore needed to
deliberately invest in programmes that would help to inspire and motivate young
students to become creative and innovative.

He pointed out that Ghana’s goal of
industrialization, to create jobs and prosperity for the people could turn into
a mirage if “we neglect the vital role of science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) education”.

He said there was a lot the nation could learn
from the ‘Brain South Korea’ programme – a comprehensive and sustained plan by
the Asian giant to spearhead development in all fields of their endeavor,
riding on the back of innovation and technology.

The Provost noted that when SHS students were
exposed to engineering concepts and designs at an early age, they would be
inspired to do greater things.

Dr. Kwadwo Mensah-Darkwa, a Lecturer at the
College, and Chairman for the Planning Committee of the Programme, said the
students would be taken through robotics competition, hands-on engineering
project, seminars on career opportunities in engineering and a field trip to a
GRIDCo substation.

The camp, he added, was going to be
institutionalized to expose young students to the benefits of engineering.

Dr. Abdul-Rahman Ahmed, a Senior Lecturer, had
earlier taken the participants to the various laboratories at the College,
including the autotronics, fluid properties, core and rock properties, drilling
fluid and cementing, drilling and well simulation, electronic, communications

The participating schools are the KNUST SHS,
Opoku Ware, Yaa Asantewaa Girls, Kumasi High, Kumasi Anglican, T.I. Ahmadiyya,
Kumasi Girls and Kumasi Academy SHS.                       


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