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Making programming fun and engaging using robots

March 2019 | Lalitpur

OLE Nepal recently partnered with three institutions from Japan — KDDI Foundation (Tokyo), CityNet (Yokohama) and Miyagi University of Education — to launch robot programming education in three public schools in Lalitpur, in collaboration with the Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC). This new program further promotes OLE Nepal’s goal to provide quality learning opportunities through the effective use of technology in classrooms. Schools are provided with kits that students can use to design and build robots, which can be programmed to carry out various tasks using simple child-friendly visual programming tool known as Scratch. This robot programming exercise will allow students to use their creativity and critical thinking skills to solve problems while working collaboratively in a team.

School teachers from Yashodhara Boudha School, Jalpa Secondary School, Hindu Vidyapith School, and mentors from OLE Nepal and the Institute of Engineering, participated in a 4-day training provided by professor and students from the Miyagi University of Education, on March 11-14, 2019. Participants successfully completed the mentor training focused on programming the robot and demonstrating its capacity. The mentors will now start training the students at the three project schools. This programming education shows that theory-based textbook education is not the only way to tap into individual talents, skills and creativity. OLE Nepal, along with KDDI Foundation, CityNet and LMC plans to expand this program to more schools in the near future.

Lalitpur Metropolitan City launched Nepal’s first Mentor Training to foster logical and creative thinking with the support of KDDI Foundation, OLE Nepal, Miyagi University of Education and CityNet Yokohama Project Office. The project was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Masamichi Saigo, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, Hon. Mayor Chiribabu Maharjan of Lalitpur Metropolitan City and Mr. Masazumi Inoue, Vice-President of KDDI Foundation.