A team of Nigerian students won gold at the 2018 World Adolescent Robotics Competition in Guiyang City, China for proper documentation of processes on engineering note.
The secondary students namely, Tawakalitu Giwa, Oluwaseun Omotayo and Ayomide Adetunji also won the “Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli’ Award for Courageous Achievement at the event organised by the China Association of Science and Technology.
The National Coordinator of the competition, Remi Willoughby, announced the victory in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The students have been selected based on their outstanding performance at the First Global Robotic Olympics, where they were members of the Team Nigeria delegation in 2017. At the end of the competition, Nigeria placed 25th out of the 163 teams representing 157 countries and third of the 41 African countries in attendance.
FIRST Global is a not-for-profit public charity established as a US-based 501(c)(3) to provide the framework for an “Olympics”-style robotics challenge, FIRST Global invites one team from every nation to participate in an international robotics event that builds bridges between high school students with different backgrounds, languages, religions, and customs.
It organizes a yearly international robotics challenge to ignite a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among the more than two billion youths across the world.
The FIRST Global Challenge is an annual robotics game that addresses the 14 Grand Challenges identified by the United States of America’s National Academy of Engineering. Each year, a different Grand Challenge will take centre stage as the theme of that year’s FIRST Global game, which will be held in a different nation each year.