The second edition of the Global Children’s Designathon has been held at the Mofra Park in Accra.
The event was held on November 16, 2019.
The program, which is held annually, seeks to showcase the creativity of children in creating solutions to real-world problems.
Children who participated in this year’s event came up with creative ideas, building and testing prototypes using materials ranging from cardboard, glue to sensors, motors and other electronic components.
Their focus was on solving problems of food and climate action.
The children were drawn from both farming and non-farming communities in and outside Accra to create inventions such as potable decompose, tomato planting and harvesting box among others to help sustain the environment and also to preserve and avoid food wastage.
In a conversation with the research manager and project coordinator; Miss Elizabeth Johnson, she said stressed that the event was to give children the opportunity to use their creativity to make prototypes of inventions.
She added that efforts are far advanced with interested organizations to help shape the program as plans have been made to scale up and get more schools involved.
“The main reason it was started is to give children the platform to use their creativity to make inventions to save us in the future. This year, we focused on the Sustainable Development Goal, and they picked the theme of Food and Climate actions. So we introduced the kids to the theme and discussed various ways to make our food the right way and gave them the opportunity to create the inventions to help us produce foods and also in ways that is safer and more friendly to the environment.”
Univers News also spoke to the inventors who shared their excitement and explained their prototypes.
“ I am very excited to be part of this program. I have learned a lot of things. I learnt that we should not use harmful chemicals for fishing and we should use natural fertilizer to help grow healthy crops. I invented a machine that can help farmers plant tomatoes and help them make it ripe the right way. Next year I want them to bring an ICT Centre here so that it will motivate other schools to come,” one of them said.
Story by: Stephen Adokpah and Adelaide A. Amaning | universnewsroom.com