LBF-SHETECHs Cohort 3 experience By Amara Anene(A participant)

My name is Amarachukwu  Anene, and this is my experience at the LBF program, which took place November, 2021.

          They kicked off with a meet and greet from the participants, sponsors and supervisors. We were then introduced to the particular topic we would be majoring on, which is “Embedded systems”. It was fun getting to know what we were going to work on exactly.

          On the first day, we did a general study on computer knowledge. This was done for the benefit of those who had little or no knowledge of the in and out of a computer. The general study was done, during the first week.

          The second week came with a series of exciting events, as we were introduced to basic electrical connections we were taught how to connect batteries with LEDS and resistors, how to light up a bulb without the use of an Arduino.

This turned out to be enlightening to us as girls. At some point, we felt like bonafied Electrical Engineers.

          The tough part came with the introduction of the Arduino codes. Learning the C++ and trying to create our own simple codes was stressful, but seeing our results was worth the stress and mental hurt

          We did so many little and supposedly simple projects, for making a LED light, to making traffic lights and a tiny robot car, was worth everything.

Our final projects were done in groups.

Group 1 did an LPG gas detector

Group 2 an identification system, while

Group 3 made a pulse detector.

          This program taught us a lot of things such as patience, determination and the act of being creative. Meeting girls, who were willing to work despite the atmosphere, added some degree of fun to it. All in all, we as ladies can do it if we try.

          Thank you LBF for the work you do in inspiring women, and creating future Tech women.   

Design Thinking: Cohort 3

Mrs. Mercy Sosonya (PhD candidate, Department of Nutritional Sciences, university of Texas Austin) @LBF-SheTechs Program 10/18/2021

A core founder of the Learn by building Foundation Mrs. Mercy Sosonya. Talked about the following:

Empathize (Pain users)

-Define: design thinkers should have in mind that there are needs, problems and insights.

-Ideate : to ideate, suggest proffering solutions to problems.

-Prototype: design thinkers are known for building solutions.

-Implement: after solutions to problems have been achieved, the ability to tests these solutions is called implementation.

She gave a detailed interactive lecture.

She used the six thinking hats (white, red, yellow, green, blue, black hats), to distinguish different kind of thinkers, and thought leaders. 

THINKING HATS

-White(Neutral objectivity): the color white, represents (facts) Neutral objectivity, concerned with data, facts, figures, and information.

– Red (the emotional view): emotion, the intuitive view, hunches, “guts”, and feelings.

-Yellow (Logical positive): Benefit, Optimistic, sunny and positive, covers hope.

-Green (creativity): Ideas, associated with energy, fertility, growth, creativity and new ideas. switches around the normal superiority of the black hat.

-Blue (process control): planning, the organizing hat (start and finish); controls the use of the other hats.

-Black (the logical negative): Judgment careful and cautious, the “judgment” hat.

The Royal Hat: Invested, (the owner) committed and invested. subjectively seeking objectivity.

She made the girls realize they have a lot of potentials in them, and how many have not used what they have. She provided materials that will help the girls. 

Design Thinking

Design thinking is not limited to just tech skills, it goes beyond that. In the Shetech’s project, we train girls to have soft skills; skills that can sell and make them independent; skills they can use to impact their communities, societies and globe at large.

ACHIEVEMENTS ON THE SHETECH’s PROJECT

  1. Cohort 2
  2. Cohort 3

Cohort 2 (positive impact)

Eileen Brewer (Tech mentor Silicon Valley Austin)

Eileen Brewer had a session with the girls, where she talked about the processes of design thinking.

PROCESSES OF DESIGN THINKING

-Empathy

-Define

-Ideate

-Prototype

-Taste

Empathy, stood out for most of the girls it also suggests having people in mind while thinking of designs.

To define means to state the problem.

Ideate:  creating solutions that fits an environment within and without, has to do with creating designs that has the potentials of transforming the lives of people and nations.

Prototype: and earlier model or concept, which led to the success of a design, should not in any way be neglected.

Taste: one needs to have personal concepts, that gives quality, the taste of persons to which this designs will finally reached, should be kept in view also.

INCLUSIVENESS OF DESIGN THINKING

Nigerians and Africans can create solutions to problems, which pertains to us because it creates diversity in humanity.

In essence, design thinking pushes one to discover the potentials hidden in them.