Kumasi, Aug. 27, GNA – Some Engineering and Science students who participated in a collaborative work at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), have invented prototypes of a drone for commercial agriculture, egg and waste sorters, and an intelligent wheel-chair.
The students were from the Colleges of Engineering of the KNUST, and the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korean Republic.
The three-week programme marks another giant stride in innovative scientific and technological inventions in the KNUST.
The collaborative work was through an exchange programme aimed at fostering technology transfer and learning experiences to address emerging development challenges, through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The drone will provide farmers with useful, accurate information on their crops to facilitate their operations, whiles the waste sorters will separate plastics from glass and other substances for easy recycling.
The egg sorter will differentiate healthy eggs from bad ones as well as categorize the sizes, with the intelligent wheel chair checking the vital signs of patients and alerting of looming health danger.
Professor Mark Adom-Asamoah, the Provost of the College, said the College had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formally bolster their partnership to undertake projects in the area of ICT under the ‘World Friends ICT Programme’.
“The expectation is that engineering students would be able to build their capacity in those areas for the benefit of the Ghanaian society,” he said.
The College, he said, had resolved to create opportunities and the requisite platform for engineering students to expand the scope of their expertise by learning from experiences of their colleagues abroad.
Prof Adom-Asamoah expressed optimism that students to be trained in the next few years would be top-notch engineers in the country and beyond.
He said the College was also envisioning to bring in aspects of entrepreneurship to help address the unemployment challenge, by establishing a business innovation centre, which would make an input to that effect.
The University, he noted, had forged plans of going into innovation of apps with the idea of putting different teams together to work on the same project year after year, until perfection was achieved.