The Engineering Camps (E-CAMPS) are designed to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fun and engaging to young audiences. The aim of the camps is to educate creators of technology who are not only aware of the current technical challenges, but who also believe they can find solutions. During the camps, children work on fun and engaging electronics and computer programming projects drawn from the local context. This project is a three-stage cycle. The Tech Fairs help ignite the creativity spark that is kept alive in Creativity Clubs. That spark is rekindled and shared with others in the Engineering Camps at the end of the year.
H-School is a special accelerated program aiming at producing enthusiasts who are able to prototype and develop hardware solutions designed with the local context in mind.The school runs for ten weeks, with three mentor-led and two independent sessions per week. The mentor-led sessions are designed to introduce the participants to the basics in electronics, hardware programming, microprocessors, engineering design, testing, rapid prototyping, printed circuit boards (PCB) design and the theory of engineering systems design and management. All the sessions are hands-on and all the topics are taught using experiments and real-life examples drawn from Rwandan communities.
EDUCATIONAL TOOLS DEVELOPMENT
CreationHill creates local solutions to educational challenges. A suite of learning tools aiming at solving a problem of overcapacity or lack of technology laboratories is being developed to help the students learn on the go. Currently, the design of a Personal Electronics Experiment Board is done and ready for production. Two models of the board are designed to be a true portable mini electronics lab for the students. They pack a regulated power supply, a multimeter, an Arduino compatible processor, USB connection, prototyping area, speaker, relay, ICs, sensors, and other components on a single board. The kits containing the boards alongside other necessary tools are of the size of a book.