Researchers from Ghent get Google RISE award

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 17:11

Yesterday, 15th Feb., Google announced that Dwengo vzw will be Google RISE partner during 2013. In this way Google stimulates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

In 2009 six researchers from the Electronics and Information Systems department (Ghent University) founded Dwengo, a non profit organisation, as an extension to the successful robot competitions that they organised at the university. Their goal: promote electronics and programming to teenagers.

Years later, and in collaboration with Argentinean researchers from the National University of Salta, a bilateral project was started such that socially and economically disadvantages teenagers in Argentina can get access to all the necessary knowledge and tools to build robots. With the support of Google, the impact of this initiative can be greatly amplified such that even more teenagers can access this programme.

"Thanks to this RISE award, together with Dr. Juan Pablo Carbajal, I will be able to go to Argentina and organise robot workshops for students and teachers. We will guide them with their first steps in making robots.", said by Francis wyffels MSc, "Consequently, Argentinian students will be able to organise their own robot competitions!"