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Press Release: CcHUB Launches Geeks Club To Raise A New Generation of Makers

CcHUB officially launches the Geeks Club, an after-school computing club for secondary school students in Nigeria. Providing a co-curricular outlet, Geeks Club engages students in secondary school and provides them with new tools, resources and skills to creatively express themselves.

On the 11th of March 2015, with support from Google and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, 150 students selected from 5 public secondary schools across Lagos state will have the opportunity to join the Geeks Club.

Through the Geeks Club students are introduced to software and hardware programming, thereby creating a new generation of technology users and makers. The curriculum is built around the Raspberry Pi, notable for its versatility and relative affordability, which also provides an exciting, interactive way for kids to learn. Running during the regular academic terms, students are introduced to software and hardware programming using Scratch, HTML/CSS and Python.

Geeks Club doesnโ€™t just provide students with technical skills, but also lays emphasis on developing their soft skills, skills such as as team-work and collaboration, communication, presentation and project management. Through the well crafted curriculum and curated projects, students are also able to enhance their critical reasoning abilities. At the end of the programme students come away well-rounded. In addition, students who have an interest in pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related careers have an additional advantage from the head-start provided by Geeks Club.

On a much larger scale, Geeks Club provides an opportunity to further bridge the digital divide by providing the skills and technology critical for raising the right innovators, capable of contributing to the development of their society, by creatively expressing themselves. Through our partnership with Google and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Geeks Club is available for free, to students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, thereby reducing the effects of the economic gap and providing these students with a more equal footing in life.

The launch details are as follows:

Date: ย ย ย 11th March, 2015

Venue: ย Mobile Experience Lab, Ground Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba

Time: ย ย ย 12:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m

If you would like to find out about volunteer opportunities available at Geeks Club,ย about running Geeks Club in your school or about possibilities for partnership kindly reach out to us at mxlab[@]cchubnigeria.com

 

About Co-creation Hub (CcHUB)

Co-Creation Hub Nigeria is a social innovation centre dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity. We leverage a community of progressives โ€“ software developers, organizations, government officials, businesses, academics etc who bring their creativity and knowledge into play in crafting novel ways to address the myriads of social and economic challenges that impact the lives of Nigerians every day. These stakeholders form the core of the community of people interested in positively impacting Nigeria that we are building. This community interacts through our online platform and physically at the CcHUB space in Yaba, Lagos. For more information, visitย www.cchubnigeria.com