This year was the first opportunity for a member of the FSE European Team to visit Congo. Our Congolese representative Luvick Otoka had already established contact to several schools in Congo and led his own workshops there. This year, workshops took place with support from the Congolese Ministry of Education at
Ecole Nationale Superieure Polytechnique in Brazzaville and Institut Universitaire de Technologie d’Afrique Centrale in Pointe-Noire.
Each workshop was attended by an incredible number of students – over 70 apiece – and together they assembled and activated a Park Distance Control (PDC) device using a Raspberry Pi Zero W, the Full Stack Embedded Developer Board and several sensors. It was impressive to hear the symphony of beeping PDCs at the end of the day, and the students were excited to gain some basic familiarity with wiring, the operating principal of the sensors involved, and accessing their Raspberry Pis using ad-hoc networks and SSH.
The workshops were exciting – full of new students wanting to learn. They also were adventurous – there was a minor issue with a fire in the classroom in Brazzaville, prompting an evacuation and requiring some flexibility in planning. It was amazing to see how everything came together and to receive such a warm reception from the schools, the students and incredible support from Luzabu Group, who helped with logistics and translation where needed. Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire, we’re looking forward to seeing you again soon! Keep innovating!