The camp at Mali winds down this week.
The students had a blast finishing up projects!
The last week of camp was quite busy. Everyone was focused on the completion of projects and for the big Closing Ceremony. The Wind Turbine, Fuel Cell Car, Solar Car, AERobot projects were all set so on Monday they finished up with the 3D House and Shortwave Radio. Then they worked on PowerPoint presentations and rehearsed for the ceremony. By Wednesday they began to write thank you cards to iNERDE supporters and donors. The end of the week was dedicated to more rehearsing and creating graduation caps!
Though now concluding our third summer camp programs, there were some firsts for this year! In addition to the STEM camps, the CodeNERDE program was generated from some of students from our first year general STEM camp and our second year robotics program. During the ceremony, iNERDE students presented their projects with their usual poise; dissecting the science and engineering principles behind windmills, solar cars, self-driving hydrogen cars, a scale model of a house, a radio transmitter, and robotics programming. The robotics programming team presented, possibly for the first time ever in Mali, a hack-a-thon, where teams raced to be the first to complete a program. Two students in the second year advanced robotics programming course did a walk-through of programs that they developed.
Amina Cissé, Head of the Cité des Enfants (City of Children) where iNERDE's programs were held, communicated the importance of iNERDE for the future of Mali. She noted the areas of professionalism with which the iNERDE team has run the program over the last three years and the plans to extend our partnership to a year-round program.
Chief Nerd Mohamed Kanté conducted an interview chat with Q&A before the awarding of diplomas and reflected on the progress and struggles of iNERDE over the last three years to establish a program capable of bring revolutionary change to education in Mali. Many attendees congratulated iNERDE on everything that has been accomplished and many noted how each year has gotten better with increasing innovations.
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