A week-long technology and innovation exhibition has opened at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST), to bring to the knowledge of the public some key technological innovations and inventions by both students and staff of the university.
The Exhibition which is being mounted by the various departments of the university, forms part of activities underway to commemorate 20 years of the enthronement of Otumfuo Osei Tutu as the 16th occupant of the Golden Stool.
The exbition which is on the theme: “Promoting Culture, Innovation and Technology: 20 years of Otumfuo’s Dynamism.” has some of the major exhibits at the Show, are a hatchery with 85 per cent efficiency rate that hatches one thousand 200 eggs per day and manufactured by a Teaching Assistant, David Wakpal and cheaper in cost compared with the imported ones.
Also on display are drones, kente weaving machine, single-phased solar powered traffic light, improved burglar proof system that allows for escape in times of emergency, and rice Sheller also manufactured by some students of the Department of Aeronautics of the College of Engineering.
The week-long event also has on display, a Food Fair by the Students, a Colloquium on the interface between chieftaincy and society, a rare forum for the Asantehene to interact with the staff and students of the KNUST as well as a football match between staff and students of the university christened ‘The Chancellor’s Cup’.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu opened the Exhibition which was embedded with Photo Show depicting memorable photographs of Otumfuo Osei Tutu during his official activities at both the national and international stages.
The Leader of the team of students which worked on the drone, Elvis Comey, noted that even though the current technology is an improvement on their previous one which could work continuously for just five minutes to now 10 minutes, they are still working hard to enhance its efficiency and performance.
He said though the conception and projection of the drone began about three years ago, the physical technology took only three months and that its main purpose to delivery objectives just as courier service providers do.
A female member of the team, Elizabeth Ameke said the output of the drone as their handiwork makes her feel proud as a female student with the ability to venture into what is considered as male dominated enterprise.
She disclosed that she is individually working on a project that would deliver what she called a ‘Hazacopta’ also a technology, in the form of a drone that farmers could reliably use for chemical application on their farms to reduce the level of human interface and monetary cost.
Story by Nicholas Osei-Wusu