Five Nigerian Secondary School Students have been selected to represent Nigeria at the next Global Robotics Olympics in Dubai this October.
The students;kosi Ugoji, Isaac Ibidun, Gbemileke Ogunrayewa, Sonia Bendrewere and Toluwaniyin Ojo-Osagie, were the five students selected from a try-out session with over fifty secondary schools in attendance.
According to the organisers of the competition, the First Global Challenge was founded by a philanthropic inventor, Dean Kamen and was targeted at to inspire a passion for science and technology leadership and innovation among youths globally
This year’s team ‘Ocean Opportunity’ draws attention to the critical issue of ocean pollution to educate everyone on the need to take action to preserve oceans and wildlife.
The theme promotes collaboration and cooperation among teams, to solve some of the world greatest problems. Each team will be required to build a robot that will join forces with other robots from other teams to take out pollution from the ocean.
Pending when the competition will begin in October, the organisers said selected students would be taught the rudiments of robot design through tutorials in maths, physics and engineering including programming especially using Java, carried out by competent instructors.
Nigeria emerged 25th of the 163 teams from 157 countries and 3rd from the 41 African countries in attendance at the first-ever First Global Olympics in Washington DC, United States in 2017.