-Young Ghanaian invention gets national recognition and award for his invention
-The invention now known as the water bicycle was built to move on water
-According to the inventor, the bicycle inspired by a documentary of how some children went to school
Frank Darko, the young Ghanaian tertiary dropout who used his innovation and problem-solving skills to build a bicycle which is ridden on water has received a national award for his efforts in engineering.
The young inventor was awarded for his invention which has come to be known as the 'Water Bicycle' or 'Water Bike', by the Ghana Institute of Engineers at the 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards held on February 22, at the Academy of Health and Sciences.
The Awards Ceremony was under the theme, “Engineering Research and Innovation: Important Contributors to Sustainable Development.”
According to the Institute, Frank was considered for the award due to his innovation in the field of engineering even though he was not a trained engineer.
His award came from the public awards category for his substantial contribution to the promotion of engineering practice and innovation.
Speaking to YEN.com.gh after picking up the prestigious award, Frank Darko implored Ghanaians to be problem-solvers and stop complaining.
He said that as a nation, its people are the only ones who could solve the problems we face.
He therefore called on stakeholders and benevolent bodies to invest in his breakthrough invention so as to make the lives of many Ghanaians living in deprived areas easy.
Speaking on how he came by his innovation, Frank revealed that he was watching a documentary sometime back about how some school children in deprived areas had to swim to school.
He said he decided to finding a working solution to the problem and came up with his creation.
Frank’s story was published in the media first by YEN.com.gh and other media houses including British Broadcasting Corporation took it up.
Aside the national award, Frank has been offered to full scholarships by the Takoradi Technical University to come back and finish his course in Graphic Designing and take up another course in Engineering.
The special guest of honor at the Awards Ceremony was Dr. Patrick Awuah, president of Ashesi University. The president of the Ghana Institute of Engineers, Ing. Mrs Carlien Bou-Chedid graced the event together with some past presidents of the Ghana Institute of Engineers.
A few months ago, YEN.com.gh had an encounter with a young Ghanaian inventor, Frank Darko who had created a bicycle that could move on water.
He revealed that his invention started in August last year and with a lot of effort and hard work, he managed to finish his creation and tested it in a shallow dam in his area.
Now, the young inventor believing in his finished work decided to test it out on the sea to prove to the world that his invention had come to stay.
In pictures the young inventor sent to YEN.com.gh, some people were seen taking turns to experience the unique invention.
Frank Darko resides in Takoradi in the Western Region. The young inventor revealed that the special bicycle was his first invention but he had drawn up plans for many more inventions.
He revealed that his creativity came about as a result of his matchless love for science, technology and the urge to solve day-to-day problems faced by people living in the community.
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