Fab Lab Xtrene Almendralejo

Project summary

Maker spaces in Ghana, STEAM equipment for rural computer science schools, smart hives pilot project and precious plastic plant.


Who has carried out the project?

The project will be carried out between the Xtrene and eSalud associations for the people who are part of the FabLab Xtrene and Nasco Fedding Minds, the three entities being ENLs and NGDOs.


What is the project about?

Development of three maker spaces in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba region in northwestern Ghana for children and young people, entrepreneurs or businessmen, and teachers. Equipping with STEAM kits made up of Arduino, MicroBits and educational robotics to the computer classrooms that Nasco Feeding Minds has in the territory, which currently number eleven and will be expanded with three more throughout 2022. will develop a pilot project for the implementation of three smart hives in the Nasco Feeding Minds honey cooperative in which local women work, with the idea of ​​improving their productivity and increasing honey production. Finally, a plastic processing and recycling plant will be implemented based on the Precious Plastic project.


What is the purpose of this project?

Respond to SDGs 1, 4, 5, 8 and 9, creating a development model that guarantees sustainability, solving inequalities derived from gender or technological development, providing a solution to the challenge of migration and human mobility for economic reasons.

As a Chinese proverb says, "Give me a fish and I'll have dinner tonight, teach me to fish and I'll have dinner forever." This is what guides us to FabLab Xtrene and Nasco Feeding Minds to, in the words of Ousman Umar, “feed minds and not feed guts”.


How does the project work? (Technologies used, user experience, etc.)

Maker spaces are collaborative and open learning and manufacturing environments, where anyone can carry out any project. Taking this starting point into account, our objective is to develop the target region, but locally, to generate sustainable development that impacts the economy, society and education of the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba region.


What does this project contribute to the Maker Community?

Expand its methods or principles to environments where general development is going to impact society, having a new perspective to enrich the maker movement from Ghana.


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