November 29, 2018 IBOMLLC Team

Inspiring Youth into STEM by building Robots out of tons of e-Waste that find their way into Developing Countries

Innov8tiv
Innov8tiv – Blacks In Technology in USA, UK, Caribbean Islands & Africa

In 2017, it is estimated that over 500,000 tons of e-waste were imported into Togo. Some of them are a pure health hazard, while the majority are plain old inefficient as per modern standards. Ideally, they should be recycled, not shipped from the industrialized nations to the developing ones. However, there is one man who has come up with an innovative way to put these junk into positive use.

One Ousia Foli-Bebe rips these e-waste apart in search of parts he could use, or rather innovate on, and makes inspirational robots out of them. He was featured by The BBC for his robotic spider, which he built using parts scavenged off an old printer.

I made this from a [discarded] 3D printer,” said Foli-Bebe. “The plastic retrieved from the printer became the arms and legs. And I made a 3D printer as well from e-waste. I actually learned how to make the printer from the internet.”

Foli-Bebe uses his innovation as a source of inspiration for kids in school to take up STEM and appreciate the value of recycling.

My hope is to make a science kit so that …read more

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