Robotics enhances STEAM education — Commissioner

THE Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, has said robotics will certainly enhance students’ understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) subjects.

She also said the interdisciplinary field will equally help students to think critically out of the box with a view to solving societal problems’.

The commissioner made this observation recently at the grand finale of this year’s robotics competition organised by the state government for the public secondary schools in the state.

Ojo Senior High School, Ojo, emerged the overall winner of the senior school category of the contest beating Ajeromi Ifelodun Senior High School and Epe Senior Grammar School, Epe, to the second and third positions respectively.

Meanwhile, Igbo Owu Junior Secondary School, Mushin; Oriwu Junior Model College, Ikorodu, and the Lagos State Junior Model College, Igbookuta came first, second and third positions in that order in the junior school category.

The six of them by this achievement will represent Lagos State at the national finals of the contest scheduled to take place at the Federal Capital Territory.

Speaking further, Mrs Adefisayo in a statement made available to the Nigerian Tribune by the head of public affairs unit of the ministry, Mr Ganiu Lawal, said the competition was actually designed to promote STEAM education in the state-owned schools, noting that many students have through the platform, won both national and international laurels for the state.

She said the high level of creativity demonstrated by the students from the participating schools assembling robotics objects and performing specific tasks was a testament of the good results the contest are yielding.

She however, assured the students that the state government would continue to encourage them in STEAM education and also provide an enabling environment for effective learning.

Also speaking, permanent secretary of the ministry, Mrs Abosede Adelaja said the competition and the other initiatives under the ministry is in tandem with technology under the THEMES agenda of the state government.

She said all the ideas are geared towards the production of globally competitive future leaders.

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