Merging theory with practice

News   Hazviperi Mbizi   September 25, 2019
PIC: Masikini demonstrating to students
The Institute of Engineering Science and Mathematics (IESAM 360) conducted a training for Polytechnic engineering students in Arduino exploring, programming in python, C++, electrical installation and other various engineering modules at the Polytechnic Design Studio from 8th to 15th September 2019.

According to the founder of IESAM 360, an engineering alumnus from the Polytechnic Samuel Simwaka, the aim of the workshop is to innovate students through technical knowledge as well as knowing how theory works in conjunction with practical.

“We conduct these trainings to bring change to the engineering environment in Malawi. Polytechnic graduates should be able to operate machinery as technicians in various industries.” Simwaka said.

During the training, Simwaka engages other students like Yusuf Chimole, Chikumbutso Walani and Sam Masikini to assist in lecturing to the participants in the field they are good at.

Masikini described Simwaka as a hard worker who has great vision and is able to execute big plans.

“There is quite a lot one can learn from associating. But most of all, I remembered a quote by Yogi Bhajan , "if you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it, if you want to master something, teach it “. IESAM is a society of students from all scientific disciplines, I want to share my ideas as I work with different people as well as learn from them. I am helping myself by assisting others too, we all win,” he explained.

In addition, Chikumbutso Walani explained that as a lecturer at the training it has helped him to master some skills of practical in readiness for class.

“To the students I feel that they are all gaining a lot in as far as practical experience is concerned. That is why many are still requesting for more trainings,” Walani said.

IESAM 360 will be conducting a series of monthly trainings from October 2019.


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