• Drone Training
    The Remote Sensing Research Group (RSRG) team and part of the Institute of Geomatics, GIS and Remote Sensing (IGGReS) team underwent a 2 weeks’ theory and practical drone training exercise under the CITGI4Muringato project. The training, undertaken by Geoid Technologies Limited equipped the team members with the prerequisite skills and knowledge associated with drone flying requirements. Moreover, the training ensured compliance with the regulations set out by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). The training was successfully completed, with the team acquiring their Remote Pliot Licences (RPL).
  • Environmental Conservation ELearning Workshop
    Innovation remains a core value of the university. As such, various efforts geared towards integration of technology in the education and conservation realm continue to be explored by the Remote Sensing Research Group (RSRG) under the Institute of Geomatics, GIS and Remote Sensing (IGGReS). Through the CITGI4 project “Participatory Approach to Environmental Conservation of the Muringato Catchment Area for Sustainable Management and Enhanced Ecosystem Health”, the RSRG team has been working with various stakeholders within the Muringato catchment area towards various environmental conservation efforts. One of the major stakeholders has been the education sector: both learners and teachers. Various E-learning tools have been developed to support the environmental conservation efforts. To ensure the tools relevance to the school curriculum, the developed e-learning content was aligned to the current competency based curriculum (CBC). The grade 4 social studies topic “Resources and Economic Activities” was identified as the one aligned to the environmental conservation area. E-Learning tools namely: 2D simulation models, 3D simulation models, and video animations were developed.
    To ensure the effective use of the developed tools by the learners and teachers, as well as get feedback on the developed content, a two-day workshop on the 11th and 12th January 2023 held at DeKUT was organized by the CITGI4 project teams from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) and Ruhr University Bochum (RUB). Learners and teachers from the various parts of the catchment were invited to ensure a balanced representation. Learners from Muringato Primary School, Mary Mother Academy Primary School, Nyaribo Primary School, Hill Farm Primary School and Mwangaza Primary School participated in the workshop, with each school bringing along 5 learners. Moreover, DeKUT staff members with learners in grades 4 and 5 were invited to bring them along to the workshop as well. Also invited to the workshop was a team from the Kenya Space Agency (KSA) and a cartographer/children books author Ms. Catherine Njore to make their presentations. This was a collaborative effort to pass down critical knowledge to the learners on environmental conservation. The learners viewed the e-learning video developed by the DeKUT team. They were then introduced to remote sensing by the RUB team who utilized simple tools used to develop desktop applications. The learners were engaged stepwise which enhanced the understanding of the concepts taught. KSA made their presentation using practical examples of remote sensing for environmental conservation in addition to making a presentation on the space club. Ms.Njore afterwards introduced the learners to maps and mapmaking and gave the learners a task to draw a map of their classroom.

    Prof E. Magiri, DeKUT Deputy Vice Chancellor- Administration and Finance making her introductory remarks and officially opening the workshop sessions (Left).Dr. Arthur W. Sichangi, Director IGGReS, making his introductory remarks before the Learners’ workshop began (Right).Learners’ workshop session in progress

  • Distribution of E-learning Books
    Upon the Completion of the E-learning booklet development, the book was distributed to the schools within the Muringato Catchment.