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Nov 22, 2012 at 01:22 PM

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RÚ is an educational initiative that supports robotics-centered research, development and competitions in Africa. We aim to:
  • promote culturally-integrated education and project-based competencies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries;
  • support active, creative and fun engagement in these knowledge industries through school ahd hobby clubs, and enterprises; and
  • develop and organise competitions that propose to resolve infrastructure challenges and environment constraints.

Vision

Our vision is engage schools and learners with scientific and engineering activities that are relevant to Africa's environment, infrastructure and cultural education.


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Africans face unique challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. The key challenge is to stimulate cultural evolution beyond competitive sustainability on planet Earth. The opportunities depend on integrating social psychology, mathematical analysis, scientific problem-solving, systems engineering, and funds management.

Organization

Our primary focus is to engage students and community leaders in experiences that are realistic simulations of the challenges and opportunities ahead. We coordinate and resource the network of SEIFÁ clubs to contest in the ROBOTSEIFÁ tournaments, which feature open-source technologies. We also support other technical competitions. We encourage the involvement of communities in monitoring and measuring environmental or infrastructural deficiencies. We seek to partner with enterprises that can commercialise the output of our knowledge network, and so, improve the financial sustainability of our work.


SEIFÁ: Local Robotics Clubs

A school can set up a SEIFÁ after-school robotics club. Young members in the our after-school programmes engage in fun-packed, intelligent activities that go beyond the Universal Basic Education (UBE).

Outside schools, a group of robotics enthusiasts can organise a SEIFÁ club. These clubs can based at a laboratory and workshop facility supported by the Ralaran Uleimokiiri. Most of these facilities enable open-access. Open-access means that anyone can come to learn, dream and create things at a SEIFÁ, and socialise with like-minded people. Each facility is managed by its membership (the SEIFÁ club), which elects officers for terms of 2 - 4 years.

All SEIFÁ will aim to send delegates to robotics-enabled tournaments, and must promote key competencies in computer-aided design (CAD), printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication, electronics, mechanisms, software programming and systems integration.

In addition to supporting these core competencies, the particular composition of tools and equipment at a SEIFÁ will depend on the interests of its membership.

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It is intended that a SEIFÁ will have tools and equipment for fabrication in machining, ceramics, fashion, etc and computers for software and digital arts programming, as well as laboratory for research and testing in electronics, environmental monitoring, and scientific experiments.

Membership fees go towards meeting the operational and maintenance costs of SEIFÁ facilities. Additional fee contributions may be required to fund the facility with utilities backup (electricity, internet, water, waste) and with stocks of commonly used parts and materials.

Members are expected to bring their own parts and materials for any activities they are involved in. Adapting, reusing or recycling the many materials (natural and used) in our environment to make new parts and machines is fun, and it solves problems not only of environmental pollution but also of the accessibility of parts for your projects.


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Last Updated ( Jan 30, 2013 at 08:25 PM )

Would you like to be involved in the SEIFA robotics competition? Are you fascinated with how every-day things work? Why is there a green-ish panel with tiny orisirisi in every electronic gadget from mobile phones to computers?  How do helicopters stay in the air? Why is electricity so shocking? Join a SEIFA club and you can learn to teardown, build and test your own high-tech toys! Learn more? Revisit this website soon.