The Ijebu-Ode Future City Challenge Winner!
Exquitec Education Technology hosted a problem based project for children tagged “The Ijebu-Ode Future City Challenge”. The idea was to encourage and help develop in this children; problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and communication skills, which are needed for this 21st century. The project required them to identify a need/problem in the city of Ijebu-Ode, proffer a solution and build a prototype of the solution using recyclable/waste materials gotten from their immediate environment, imagining and creating a city of Ijebu-Ode in the future using not more than a thousand naira to purchase the necessary materials.
The program kicked off at exactly 11am with the three (3) finalist, their parents, their teachers, the audience and the judges.
The participants were called on to pitch their projects. The first presenter by name Babawale Al-Ameen Olatunji, a 16years old boy from Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, Ogun State who at the end came second with 154points, presented a prototype of a ‘Sustainable Smart City’ which utilizes solar energy among others. He said the model is meant to create a city where major amenities would be available using clean water and solar energy in order to ensure sustainable and improved standards of living.
The second presenter Olurinola Oluwafayokunmi, a 10year old and a JSS 1 student of Roserlaw Model College at Igbega, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State with overall of 159points as the declared winner amongst the three finalists had an interesting prototype of a ‘Plastic Road’ which he hopes will solve the challenge of deplorable roads. The prototype was made of nylon and carton used to design a double-lane road, a flyover with pedestrian and bike lanes. He said the plastic roads are water proof and quite cheap to construct. The main materials for construction are plastics and a chemical called Bitumen. According to his research, plastics roads are being put to use in countries like America, United Kingdom, India and the model if adopted will solve the environmental pollution threat posed by plastics and it will aid in generating revenue as people will make money by gathering and reselling of these plastics.
The third presenter and second runner up with 90points, a student of Tai Solarin University of Education Secondary School (TASUESS) by name Lawal Ekundayo presented a prototype of Ijebu Ode City which showed the possibility of good network of roads, 24hours supply of electricity and other amenities.