Five groups of students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) are to receive financial assistance from USAID to develop different kinds of problem-solving modules to transform Ghanaian society.
The three-member groups of five were selected out of 27 groups in a contest codenamed "Carisca innovation lab" organised by the Business School of KNUST in collaboration with Arizona State University, USA.
It was a mix of students from different academic backgrounds including physics, marketing, and political science who presented a prototype of their research before a panel for assessment.
From shipment to agriculture, the students, some in their first year, developed different kinds of tracking equipment, marketing strategy, "an agric booster" facility, fire detectors and security gadgets for the manufacturing industry.
The remaining 22 groups who were unable to make it in the two-day contest are to be assisted technically to improve on their works for resubmission and approval later.
They are to receive practical coaching from the laboratory Administrator, Stephen Frimpong, who has been the lead technician in developing a number of such equipment in recent times.
Indeed, he led in designing a fire detector and an electronic payment system for public toilets in the various assemblies in the Ashanti region.
The Senior Special Technical Advisor to the project and in charge of the lab, Dr. Serbe Marfo, said the university was working closely with industry players to make such findings and equipment available to them.
Already a number of them have expressed interest in the works of the students and are willing to support them financially.
Can do spirit
One of the directors of the project and a judge at the contest, Dr. Enya Ameza-Xemalordzo, said it was time Ghanaians believed in themselves and accept products designed by indigenes.
He said some of the designs by the students were mind-blowing and capable of competing on the world stage.