What AIX does to you [day 12]

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So today was exciting and scary at the same time. Why? Because we were going to be introduced to our final challenge today. After studying how the reed switch was used in a circuit, the suspense was broken. And guess what, we didn’t just have one challenge, we had two! Our first challenge was to build two rooms of our choice out of cardboard. We were to use four sensors and actuators each and program them to respond to the code in these rooms – basically a smart house.

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Our second challenge was to code an actual house made out of wood to respond to the commands of your choice. We started with our first challenge, it was fun bringing together all the crazy ideas we each had in our separate groups and building this smart house, but i must say, it can be very frustrating when your code is not working.

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This is what AIX does, it pushes you to the limit – no, beyond the limit! It takes you out of your comfort zone. It simply brings out the real you.

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__________ Kalmoni Kamilia __________

How was your day? [day 11]

My experience today has been very interesting and stressful at the same time.  In the morning we had our normal daily kickoff where members from each group, be it engineering, robotics or entrepreneurship, came up and gave a brief summary of what they did and learned the previous day. After this we proceeded to our individual groups to receive information about our final challenge.

In engineering we were given two final challenges; one was to build an automated structure and it could be whatever you wanted whether a house, an office building or a stadium, and the other was to wire a room. The room was supposed to be wired for other people to come in and experience your work so it’s sort of like an inspection but luckily we have been given 3 days to complete our challenges.

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Team dynamics

After receiving our challenges and starting a bit of work, we moved to one of the classes to have a talk with five people; four engineers and one computer scientist. They talked to us about what work they did, some challenges they faced getting to where they were, their proudest moment and other fields of work they could get into with their skill set. After the talk we managed to ask a few questions then we headed back to the engineering lab to continue our project.

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We continued to work on our projects. The stress started to set in as people had different ideas on what should be used and where it should be used and what it should be used for. Due to this I decided to leave the designing of the house to my group mates and I started programming how the things we agreed on should work. As we continued working I realized that things were becoming easier because there was a lot more consensus in the group and this wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for our group coach Jessica. She really encouraged us throughout the time we were working and this gave us hope so we managed to continue. We still haven’t finished but then at least we got somewhere decent with our work and I hope we will be able to finish before the deadline so we can have more time to include any finishing touches, which may make our work better in one way or another. In summary it started of well, took a bad turn but then it went back on track.

by William Amuzu

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Yesterday, honestly wasn’t my best day. It started out alright with breakfast and some  Lego Challenges. As the day went on, I began to feel a bit under the weather and that made me feel bad. We had a career workshop but unfortunately, I found it challenging to be attentive. Back in the robotics class, fortunately, I was quite familiar with the principles that were taught.

by Anderson Addo

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On the 17th of August 2016, AIX was a good day and it was also a bad day for me as a member of the AIX team! To be sincere, I will say this week was a challenging week for me since I was always thinking about things to do in order to be part for the presentation which goes on in my module (Entrepreneurship). The reason was me being stammerer. I was always frightened to talk when there are a lot of people around but with the help of my team coach and Dr. Sena, I have realized who I am. I was a trying to talk normally as my mates did but it was difficult. Dr. Sena inspires me. She took me to one of the staff members of Ashesi who was a stammerer but has been able to recover.

He advised me and now I am not stressed with any problem. So with everything that goes on, I try to involve myself now.

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“I try to involve myself now”

by Gyan Ampofo

Le Genre Mardi [day 10]

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The day started with aerobics. I was woken up by my room mentor David Edem, so I could get ready . I put on my sports cloths, brushed my teeth and went to the park place for aerobics. It was very hectic but energising. Then I had to rush to the bathroom so I could get a hot shower before breakfast which I did . I ate the usual at breakfast. Bread , eggs and sausage. And the we all proceeded to Motulsky hall. Some pictures and announcements were given and then  I went to my robotics class. 28929941952_6c72c82297_o.jpg

We continued programming the robots we had built and getting it to do different tasks. We work in pairs for programming one robot. We were asked to program the robot to drive in different shapes like squares and triangles. Most pairs did it successfully including my own. Writing code is a bit tedious at first but then you start getting used to it. We had some snacks in between the lessons. At one point all the robotics students were called unto the field to do an exercise .We were divided into groups of about seven people each . The goal of the game was to untangle ourselves while we are holding the hands of the person across from us .

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WE WON.

My team was able to do it really well . And lessons continued. Around dinner we all moved to the cafeteria to eat . Now was one of the few times your could see people from the other classes who are either in entrepreneurship or engineering.  We cherish that time now . The mentors had organised a ‘boys boys ‘ meeting with only male participants. We discussed issues which seemed important and gave advice to each other based on our experiences. It was a very funny experience . We got to ask questions which were other wise deemed inappropriate. Our only problem  was time , before we could finish discussing all out issues, it was already time for the next event. It took place in the lounge.28934843131_e159f5c5f8_o

When we got there , loud music was already playing we got us in the mood.Different cocktails were served . Some were weird with huge Fruit pieces inside. I didn’t even dare to try those .When the girls arrived the party actually begun. We all danced to the music. Some people decided to play basketball. Soo many activities were going on at the same time .It was awesome . Unfortunately someone got injured during the basketball match but he was well taken care of by the mentors and friends around . My friends and I at a point took uno cards and played around some benches while chatting . The evening was lit. When everything had died down everyone starting going back to their rooms. I went to my room and changed into more comfortable cloths. And then went to bed.

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  • Malik Aryee-Boi

Monday Buzz [day 9]

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Teammates working on their robot

It’s been almost two weeks now, two creative, innovative, mind-stretching, entertaining and worthwhile weeks in Ashesi Univeristy.

Its been a tough learning experience but very fruitful, I have learnt so much from leadership design and engineering.The challenges given to us from design were tricky and I loved them. It brought out our crazy creativity. Also building smart houses was so much fun in engineering.

Working in groups promoted teamwork and the various presentations boosted up our confidence in public speaking.Everything in general, from the kind-hearted and understanding faculty, to the friendly and amazing coaches and even to the kitchen

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Participants prepping their robots

staff was wonderful.

If I had a chance I’d love to come to AIX 17 for another round of innovative experience

•Maame Akosua Odei Kyei•

My name Ayodeji Adeniran Joseph, I am from CAC Grammar School, in Ekiti Sate of Nigeria. One of my most memorable experience in AIX 16 is learning how to adapt in interacting with people from different countries, different cultures and different personalities.

Another experience is acquiring leadership skills and thinking critically and laterally to bring about solutions to problems or challenges,

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Morning aerobics bright and early

Finally, aerobics which I think is somewhat stressful but necessary to exercise the body and have some fun. Also the engineering department has made me more comfortable in what we’re learning, so much that I think the AIX 16 should which is two weeks should be extended to two years because I felt extremely happy and had fun in class.

                                                       •Ayodeji Joseph Adeniran•

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Sunday Best [day 8]

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Not all work!

Waking up earlier than usual yesterday was really needed. I felt prepared for class, session began at 1:30. I chose entrepreneurship and it was really fun.

In class, we started off with an ice breaker, the Human Knot, which was about communicating effectively. Later we were divided into groups and were taught about the basics of entrepreneurship. The major things I learnt was that there is a difference between an entrepreneur, an intrapreneur and a social entrepreneur. We finally ended the sessions around 8pm.

After that, I went for my coaching session from 8pm to 9pm. It was really intense because we were discussing personal stuff about each other and I returned to my hostel around 9:15. In short, the day was intense but useful and interesting.

_________Raffia Olass_________

An awesome day in the life of Seyram Amezah:

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Team working on a circuit

The day started like any normal Sunday for me, slow, quiet at about 7am I was up. I got ready as in I bathed and dressed because I had to go for bible study at the MPH. At about 8:45am, I reached the MPH but not many people were there so we waited till about 9:30, about then more people had come. We kicked off the study with a prayer, the study was about maturity, led by  Dr. Esi Ansah. We ended at about 11:30am, later on I had lunch at 12pm  and at 1pm we we were guided into our various models. I’m doing Engineering so I went to the Engineering Lab.

______Seyram Amezah_______

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Blissful moments during entrepreneurship

 

At the beginning, Dr. Nathan Amanquah showed us a video about engineering which was interesting. After we talked about introduction to machinery. After we had a short break, then we moved to introduction to electronic components, building circuits, which was very new to me. I really enjoyed it today.

 

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Race between participants’ robots

Well, robotics was fun. We started off with flying an agricultural drone and then, learnt what a robot is, the difference between a robot and a machine. We then divided into our groups and began the challenges. With the first challenge, we had to build robots in 5 minutes in pairs. After the winners qualified for the second round where one member of each pair had to be blindfolded while assembling the robot. In all, yesterday was fun filled but very educative.

______Maxine Bruce-Tagoe_____

_____Chantell Abena Akuffo____

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Fun moment during coaching session

How AIX Prepares Sumptuous Jollof [day 7]

__________ Wilhelmina Donkoh __________

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Making memories

Pepper: Just like how pepper is hot and how without it Jollof is incomplete,  challenges such as Talking in Circles and Water Propulsion are tiring. From these challenges, I learnt how difficult TEAMWORK is or can be, because of the different mentalities and behaviors of each group member.

Onion: Onion in  a very useful ingredient but it makes some people cry when cutting them. Such is the experience; it hurts and it is scary to be forced out of their comfort zone during group presentations and the drama, but in the end it makes you confident, bold, and clears all fears.

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Talking in Circles

Tomatoes: It represents the juicy aspect of AIX; FABULOUS fun night, CRAZY crossfire debate, CREATIVE city of life, MARVELOUS movie night, THRILLING talent show, GREAT girls-girls talk and EXTRAORDINARY entrepreneurial expedition.

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“disadvantages of stereotypes” – at the AIX Drama Night

And the blending of these ingredients to make the stew represents the different educative and memorable challenges, activities, presentations, the round table discussion, wonderful sessions on Lateral, Critical and Design Thinking as well as the session on self-leadership, Career Workshop and Goal-Setting. AIX is organized to grow and train future, innovative, creative and fruitful leaders.

In addition to these, the insoluble nature of oil represents the insoluble nature of the AIX experience, the memories and lessons learnt would be difficult to fade away.

 

The spices and maggie put in the stew to give it taste is the discipline, ethical values and morals instilled in us to to straighten our lives.

The uniqueness of water being a universal solvent represents how AIX dissolves all fears in teenagers around African to make them bold and confident and, also, how AIX trains young teenagers to become skilled and innovative.

Finally, the rice represents team playing and diversity. Since rice has numerous grains numerous, it represents the numerous participants from different backgrounds and countries.

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A.I.X. 16!

Manage the Challenge [day 6]

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The design way

__________ Issa Laari __________

On Friday, 12th august 2016, we were given a challenge. It involved the struggles a migrant; Yankaza Amina, encountered in urban areas were asked to come up with solutions to her problems. Her challenges were frequent illness, body pains and lack of proper healthcare. She was from the Northern region and had been in Accra for many years without achieving her goal.

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“…and we are proud of it.” – Chantell

So in our group we were able to write down the solutions to Amina Yankaza’s problems but our group members brought so many different ideas that we got confused about which to take. So we cancelled the solutions that we had first and while deciding on another solution we realized the time was up and we couldn’t finish solving her problem. That was the reason why we didn’t win the competition. I still have hope that the next time we have a group work to do we would be able to win.

__________ Atambire Akora Richard __________

On Friday, we were given a challenge, we interviewed migrants and were asked to solved the migrant’s problem. My group and I took Amina Yankaza. She was 21 years old and was from the northern region. She travelled to Accra and worked as a head porter. She had lived in Accra for 10 years and although she wanted to go back to her hometown, she couldn’t because she hadn’t made enough money.

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A group showcasing their solution

She earned 15 cedis daily as a kayayo and fell ill frequently due to the heavy load she carried. The solution my group came up with was GO KART. It was a combination of a house and a bicycle. It worked with solar energy but without pedals and had tissue on a bed which relieved the user from pain and stress. There was a button that when pressed, lay the bed against the walls of the house leaving enough space for her to put her luggage.

______________ Nii Odai Odarteifio ______________

On Friday 12th August, we were given a challenge to find a solution to a problem migrants face when the move into urban areas. My group decided to work on Amina Denkyi, a 19-year-old girl with no family who slept on the streets. From that we came up with a solution called THE BLANKET, which could be used to protect her from mosquitoes, harsh weather conditions and also rapists.

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The chance bus

 

Before coming up with our solution my group had one main problem.  We could not work together for the first two hours for some unknown reason. The members in the groups were feeling lazy and down because of the tasks at hand. However, after Yesmin and Araba (coaches) joined us and decided to take us outside of class. We started thinking and working together. We saw a trend in some of our ideas. It was trying to cover Amina with something. After coming up with a solution, doing the other things was easy.

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An array of smart solutions to the design challenge

Ensuring contention with profession [day 5 ]

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from the left:  a Pilot, an Electrical Engineer, a Medical Doctor,a Fashion Entrepreneur, a poet and Literary Artist and a Telecom Business Strategist

Dear Diary,

I am able to control that which I am aware of, that which I unaware of controls me. Awareness empowers me. This is a saying by a great person that has been running through our minds for the past four days.

Our day began with a heartily breakfast after a good night sleep ( because we did not have aerobics ). After which we watched a video of a Sierra Leonean which made us realize that the child in you should never die because it is where creativity and determination comes from. Also, it made us realize that no situation is permanent. And then in the other light it made us realize that human beings are not perfect and so they are human becomings.
What struck us the most was the analogy of the moon which is the fact that most people do not complain when the moon shines – the moon is gentle an it brings light to darkness.

The fact that you haven’t achieved you ultimate goal does not mean we should not talk about it, we should not try and fit in society and also we should have empathy for people who are in less privileged situations. These are some of the lessons we derived from Kwasi Mawuli’s talk.
TK .pngIt was an eye opening talk given by a staff of Ashesi. His talk elaborated on the fact that we should not lose sight of our dreams but rather get closer to it and dive deeper. He summarized his entire talk by saying, in everything God first, our purpose and then determination.

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Students pair up to attempt the grow model

The rest of the day was filled with fun activities such as disney’s three rooms. One-on-one interaction with people of different professions and the drama rehearsals in our various coaching groups. Our goal setting session was the highlight of our day.

In as much as we hope to relive this day, we are glad it has ended because we know the best is yet to come.

 

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Students listen with rapt attention to a professional on career advise

 

|Sereboo Nana Akua Agyemang|

 |Benedicta Senam Agbomadzi|

 |Angela Nana Aba Bentum|

Structures and Stereotypes [day 4]

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Discussion of City of Life

Can you guess what this will be ??? Well ..20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 yard of tape, an A4  sheet, and a MARSHMALLOW may not seem like a lot to work with but that is all we had to improvise with. In this challenge we had to build the tallest structure that could stand without support with the marshmallow situated on top. The singular challenge taught us the essence of teamwork, and that we shouldn’t rush into any challenge,thinking through before we act.

We learnt about the various character colors; cool blue, fiery red, sunshine yellow, earth green. They are all different from each other, but here’s s fun fact; each person has different combinations of all these different traits in them. This affects the careers they enter and the people they move with.

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Marshmallow Challenge

Wednesday was a tiring start for day since I had barely had 5 hours of sleep only to have aerobics for 15 minutes ! Oh the horror! 15 minutes of muscle stretching, bone wrenching(exaggeration), exercise quickly brought my dull senses to life.

I had a good breakfast and headed to my cohort for the next lesson, only to realise we had a top secret exercise where we had to play the role of various people and make the most out of our situations. It was dubbed ‘new life simulation’. Being a fulani herdsman with only a few cedis, I could afford nothing and ended up going to jail for 22 years. I robbed the bank and with that money, I was given a high school diploma as well as a bachelors degree. I found that this exercise brought to light, ‘how stereotypes could fuel people’s behaviour like stealing. Since I was discriminated against several times, I completely gained an understanding of what the Fulani community go through and what they do to make the most out of it. I then had a design thinking lecture on developing point-of-view statements, as well as how might we statements. This taught me a very effective approach to problem solving.

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City of Life

We then had a workshop on careers and learnt on breakdowns developed by Hippocrates on the types of people we have on earth and according to that their possible careers. We also had a marshmallow challenge, which required placing a marshmallow on top of spaghetti while still making it as tall as possible and to keep it standing on its own. My group had a good structure, but decided to make it taller, because we believed the competition was fierce. At the end of it all. We did not have a standing frame, and therefore lost our place in the competition.What I really learnt from this was to be focused and ensure you plan before prototyping.

 

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Team work makes the difference

       |Ako Benjamin Nai|       |Michael Agyeman-Prempeh|

                               |Elikem Vogbe Kobla|

 

 

Out and Free [day 3]

 

 

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Talking in circles : A fun activity which depicts the relevance of communication

 

So today we focused on a lot of stuff such as lateral thinking, critical thinking, discussing ethics, morals and values but I’d say the most interesting part was the practical aspect which was the water propulsion challenge where we were asked to create a structure that could move in a quick and horizontal manner across the water.

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The three finalists in the water propulsion challenge

 My challenge personally was coming up with an idea. My group and I finally came up with an idea, we tested it and it worked. We actually placed third in the challenge. The next practical aspect of the day was talking in circles where we were blind folded and asked to form shapes. The purpose of this was to teach us team building and effective communication. We had a break and watched a movie: “Cool Runnings”. I personally would say that this has been the most exciting and challenging day so far.

 

________     Kwasi A. A Boateng    ____________

The day started off with the morning aerobic session with which breakfast followed at 7am. After breakfast, we the participants went to our respective classes for the first lesson; lateral thinking. A lot ensued during the class and we tried very unorthodox out-of-the-box methods to solve problems. One of which is diving a rhombus into four equal parts and also joining nine dots arranged in groups of 3 (3 by 3), by using four lines. Then at 10 am there was an ethics lesson which spoke about having core values by which one abides to ensure that there’s no cheating.

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Race between two teams

At 1400 hours GMT, there was a challenge dubbed water propulsion challenge which by given a few tools, groups were supposed to make something that can float and compete in a race. Tools were: two plastic plates, straws, kebab sticks, rubber bands, and polythene. My team lost but I still enjoyed watching how creative people were in making their structures float.  There was a movie, “Cool Runnings”, which portrayed determination which I have come to realise is key in life.

At 8.30pm, we retired to our coaching groups where we discussed our days’ activities till 9.30pm. Bedtime was at 9.50pm

________    Edudzi D. Mamattah     _________

 

Today was an insightful day, we began the day with our early morning aerobics to hype us up. Something I really looked forward to. Lateral thinking was our very first session, followed by critical thinking. I felt this was a novel experience and it helped me alter my perspective whiles tackling problems.

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The tournament site

The water propulsion challenge was the next event of the day and the very best of satisfaction for me. It was a wonderful experience, probably my best. It was challenging and helped me learn how to work efficiently within a short period. The next activity took me by surprise. It was called “talking in circles”. It helped learn how to cooperate and bring out the results. The movie was a well deserved stress reliever and inspiration. The meals were on point, as usual.

 

_______  Montel Squire  _______

 

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A debrief session to discuss both challenges