ACI, an NGO that focuses on exposing young people below 30 to technology, is raising $150,000 on Indiegogo to enable it train 10,000 Nigerian kids between ages 10 and 14 in robotics.

The group aims to 50 students across 200 secondary schools across six Nigerian cities including Lagos, Ibadan, Osogbo, Akure, Ile-Ife and Abeokuta.

Aside secondary school students, ACI will also be training 80 girls at the Women’s Technology Empowerment Center (W-TEC), 50 kids at Kids and Teens Resource Center, Akure, and 100 kids at two orphanages in Lagos.

On the Indiegogo campaign page, ACI said the fund will cover full Lego robotic kits; one set to six students, transportation and lunch allowance for the the 800 volunteer instructors and also branding and logistics.

The project lead, Olaoluwa Balogun told Innovation Village, that the groups wants “to expose our young students to real-world engineering challenges through hands-on LEGO-based robotics projects. We want Nigerian kids to begin to think creatively and innovate like their international counterparts.

ACI said it would establish robotics club in each of the schools and make the schools compete on a regular basis. The first inter-school robotics competition will hold in December 2015.

The robotics training program will kickoff in September 2015 through April 2016 with each school having a cumulative 12 hour lesson. You can view the campaign and fund the project here.

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