Author: Koffi Dodji Honou

Fablab manager at DefkoAkNiep Lab (Dakar, Senegal), Dodji is passionate by ICT, digital fabrication and the maker movement. He developed a valuable knowledge in Fablab implementation, management and optimization in West Africa. Winner of several international Awards with WoeLab, the very first FabLab implemented in Togo, Dodji is now specializing in FabLab's pedagogical potential in teaching & learning subject such as Physics, Engineering, Robotics, Art, mechanics, electronics, Etc. Dodji believes that the international and African maker movements can greatly contribute to reshape and improve the teaching & learning experience in African education systems through the promotion of "learning-by-doing" or hands-on-learning" methods and philosophy.

Presenting Mamadou Diallo’s Pitcher : the Magic glove

Diallo Mamadou

For all those who are used to making presentations with slides, you have certainly used several methods to move from one slide to another. So far, the most commom method to perform this task is to do it directly from the PC. This is a useful technique when projection equipments are close to the one… Read more »

An open source and Low Cost all in one computer


 Pi-COMP is a all-in-one computer composed of a central unit ( Raspberry Pi) interconnected with a flat screen from recycled computers . The objective of this project is to design and build a low-cost computer replicable locally and easily. Since computers are still expensive for most of users in developping countries, Pi-COMP is a Low… Read more »

Laser cutter prototyping car at Defkoakniep FabLab

This two past months, I have been working with Karimou, a Senegalese engineer. Karimou decided to work on a remote controlled cars and plans to manufacture them in Senegal. With DefkoAkNiep Lab team, we helped Karimou build his first prototype with the laser cutter. The car’s component (see video) is a mix of wooden crafts and… Read more »

Papert’s 8 Big ideas Behind the Constructionist Learning Lab- Translated into French

“Les 8 principes du Laboratoire constructionniste d’apprentissage. Par le Dr. Seymour Papert (1999)” Original English version here   Le premier principe est l’apprentissage par la pratique. On apprend tous mieux quand l’apprentissage entre dans le cadre d’une activité qu’on trouve vraiment intéressante. On apprend le mieux quand on met en pratique ce que l’on a… Read more »

Introducing basic computer science to K-12 students in Dakar


As mentioned in my last post, I am actually working on “Hands-on and heads-in ” learning program with K-12 students in the scope of the Cheikh Anta Diop FabLab Académie, “The mobile FabLab”. Started 4 weeks ago, let me show you some results of what we have been doing so far. School 1 : ”TIERNO… Read more »

Cheikh Anta Diop Fablab Academy


Cheikh Anta Diop is one of the most well-known and most brilliant African of the scientific world. He greatly contributed to knowledge on ancient African societies and has long worked for the emergence of science in the educational sector among others. Inspired by his deep commitment, our Fablab Defkoakniep (Do It with everybody), decided to… Read more »

Arduino training with Master Degree students from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar


As everybody knows, Arduino , the ‘’magic’’ microcontroller board, is one of the most used in the world. With Arduino, it is very practical and easy to introduce prototyping to people without background in electronic and programming. Arduino allows them to learn and prototype their projects right away. In Senegal, some engineering schools have started… Read more »

Introducing to the procedural Design

“ProcJam (For Procedural Jam) is defined as “an international “game jam” where people make things that make things. These “things” can be software that generates images, stories, or game levels. They could also be physical projects, such as a board game with dynamic layout, a wind chime (thing that makes music), or a set of… Read more »

Experimenting the power of Hands-on-learning

When I started working as a FabLab member and then as a FabLab manager, I never thought that it will be such a great experience in term of leadership, professional and personal development. My journey as an “African Fablaber” started 4 years ago as a volunteer with an NGO in Lomé (Togo). I used to… Read more »