Engineering for all

News   Hazviperi Mbizi   October 4, 2019
PIC: Kapito working with a fellow student Dzondzi on a robot
A third year Engineering student Janet Kapito, has been engaged in mentoring secondary school students mostly targeting girls to pursue engineering courses once they get to the university.

Kapito who was part of the group which travelled for the First Global Robotics Competition in 2017 in Washington DC, USA is also one of the founders of the Robotics Foundation Limited.

“The competition brings in exposure to different people and stake holders. We have been in partnership with Robofest, a Lawrence technical university initiative where countries come together and solve different technical problems through robotics competitions,” she explained.

Janet is currently teaching students about Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) so that they should be passionate about it.

“Since the establishment of the company our aim is to make sure that the youth before they reach the University should be moving with technology as we know that it is changing everyday,” Kapito added.

Apart from going to schools, Janet has also been mentoring the team that went to Mexico last year and other Engineering students in their projects.

A lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering Stanley Mbewe, who is also a co founder of their organization, described Janet as a hard working student.

“Not only does she defy the odds of people saying Engineering is for men, she is able to do all these projects on the side while pursing the degree. She has shown leadership skill, as she was key in scheduling meetings for the robotics competitions,” Mbewe said.

Yusuf Chimole, a fellow student and partner had this to say; “Yes, I have worked with Janet on a couple of projects. She is really good at it; she was the Spokesperson for Team Malawi FGC 2017. She likes to promote STEAM education and she is very good at managing people within the group.”


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