President Paul Kagame visits MIT Media Lab

President Paul Kagame visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab in Cambridge, Boston last week.

The President who was on a working visit to the US to attend several functions, including Rwanda Day and UN General Assembly, was given a tour of the MIT Media Lab, where designers, engineers, artists and scientists are conducting more than 350 projects, ranging from neuroengineering, to early education, to developing the city car of the future.

The Chairman and CEO of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), Rodrigo Arboleda, hosted President Kagame during his visit.

Rodrigo Arboleda and President Paul Kagame at the Media Lab

A project that was born in the MIT Media Lab, OLPC has committed to deploying 100,000 laptops across Rwanda. It has created a major learning centre which aims to meet the educational and learning needs of students in Rwanda and other countries in Africa.

President Kagame meets OLPC team

The tour also included a visit to the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group, led by Mitch Resnick, which is developing new technologies that engage people; especially children and teens, in creative learning experiences.

President Kagame at the Lifelong Learning Kindergarten – Mitch Resnik – Rodrigo Arboleda

The President also met several Rwandan students at MIT.

Photo credit: Paula Aguilera – MIT Media Lab (More photos from this visit by Paula Aguilera)

Original post: The New Times

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