Fundi Bots is on a mission to accelerate science learning for all of Uganda’s aspiring scientists — no matter their gender or socioeconomic status. Through schools, communities, and Fundi Spaces, the organization pairs robotics and other hands-on learning practices with project-based STEM education in classrooms. Fundi Bots’ supportive model helps thousands of students learn the core principles of STEM, access real-world skills, and apply their new skills to solve even bigger challenges within their communities.
- 177 schools — and growing — are now part of Fundi Bots’ network
- 4 regional centers — or Fundi Spaces — in Kampala, Mbale, Gulu, and Mbarara serving the students across Uganda
- 10,573 students reached since the organization’s 2011 inception
- 319 teachers trained up through their Training of Trainers program
- Fundi Bots’ offers practical, hands-on training for students in everything from building robots to coding
- Their project-based learning model provides a well-rounded and engaging methodology that helps to increase students’ performance in classrooms — and in the real world with career training and technical skills
Solomon King Benge
Solomon is the founder and Executive Director of Fundi Bots, a Ugandan non-profit that uses robotics training within and outside high schools to promote better and more practical STEM education and provides better career opportunities for youth in the technology sector. Prior to Fundi Bots, Solomon was founder and CEO of Node Six, a Ugandan web solutions firm that is currently in its eighth year of operations and supports more than 500 clients. He started his first business at 20 and currently has two businesses in his portfolio, both of which are key players in the Ugandan technology and design industry. Solomon’s interests lie at the intersection of design and technology with a bias towards human-machine interaction. This, coupled with a strong commitment to equal opportunity technology education has led to initiatives like Fundi Bots. Solomon’s work has been covered by Wired Magazine (UK), BBC and Voice of America.
Through his work with Fundi Bots, he was selected as a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow and a 2014 Ashoka Fellow. In 2017, Solomon was selected as an African Visionary Fellow by the Segal Family Foundation.
Fundi Bots is the dream of an African child trying to find purpose, meaning, and excellence in science learning despite incredible challenges. We are strongly driven by the desire to see this dream become a reality for all of Africa's children no matter their social or economic background. We want them to believe that their impossible dreams are possible!