The United States Consulate General in Lagos has revealed it would train one hundred and forty-four Nigerian students on drone technology.
The Public Affairs Officer of the Consulate, Russell Brooks, revealed this during the Nigerian Youth Drone Academy workshop in Lagos.
According to Brooks, the training was in collaboration with the Global Air Drone Academy, a U.S based academy.
He made it known that pupils and students from twelve primary and secondary schools would participate in the workshop, learning how to assemble and fly drones.
He said drones were changing the world, hence, the need to pay attention to such technology, adding that drones are making agriculture more efficient, aiding search-and-rescue operations and delivering medicine to remote locations.
“The possibilities for drones to help make our world better are endless and I am glad that the U.S. Mission is able to play a role in building a better Nigeria by supporting this project.
“I am excited to welcome public and private high schools from Lagos and Abeokuta, as they learn to become a part of this trend in aviation technology.
“Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is a big priority for the U.S. government, and we believe that every student throughout the world deserves a high quality education in STEM.
“Teaching children about drone technology is an ideal tool to introduce them to the fundamentals of STEM. It is a fun way to help them develop their cognitive, problem solving and critical thinking skills,” Brooks stated.
Brooks stated that the U.S. Consulate-General was pleased to sponsor seminars and work-shops by leaders in technological fields in both Nigeria and the United States who were actively advocating for increased education STEM.
According to him, STEM education was one of the keys to any country’s economic success.