World Robot Olympiad Debuts in South-South Nigeria.
Primary and Secondary school pupils from South-South Nigeria will have the privilege of participating at this year’s World Robot Olympiad holding in Sochi, Russia. This was made known at the World Robot Olympiad Pretournament workshop held in Port Harcourt on the 11th of July 2014. The workshop had in attendance over 160 pupils and 30 teachers from over 24 primary and secondary schools from across Rivers State. The very excited students most of whom were having their first encounter with Robotics demonstrated great creativity going by the robots made at the event that featured a mini-competition.
The Hon. Commissioner for Youth Development in Rivers State, Sir Owuwene E. Wonodi who was the special guest at the event was amazed at creativity of the pupils and was impressed that over 10 public schools had the opportunity to participate.
Speaking at the event Angela Opubo the Managing Director of SciTech Generation Ltd owners of the YoungStarGenius brand, organisers of the World Robot Olympiad South-South, which is planned for September 2014, said bringing this event to the region was in line with her company’s vision of bringing about a revolution in applied Science and Technology education among youngsters in the grassroots.
She called on corporate organizations to help support disadvantaged children to get into the competition adding that with their support, more children particularly those in public schools, will benefit from this exposure to Science and Technology.
Also speaking, Adebusola Adeniyi, the General Manager, Arclight Limited, National organisers of the World Robot Olympiad said the competition, is aimed at exposing children to creative applications of Science and Technology.
She Said “The students should not just cram to pass, they should have hands-on experience. They should be able to build things and solve problems; they should know the solutions to these problems without having to cram. This is what the competition is all about.”
Adeniyi informed them that the theme for this year’s competition is robots and space and teams from each school are expected to design and create robots “which will assist humankind in solving different tasks in Space” as the team that builds theirs fastest, will be heading to Russia in November.