Five Nigerian students representing the country at the First Global Robotic Olympiad (GRO) on Saturday, boasted of coming home with three gold medals from the competition. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the competition was scheduled to hold in Mexico from 13 to 19 August.
A team of seven students that represented the country in the maiden edition of the competition in Washington DC, in 2017, came in third place, out of the 41 African countries that participated in the competition, and 25th out of the 162 countries from across the world. They also won two other awards.
A 16-year-old, Anjolaoluwa Olowokere, of Lagoon Secondary School, Aja, Lagos, said that the team had worked hard in planning, designing and building their robotics. “This is a global robotic competition and the team is well prepared for it.
“We are extremely happy to represent the country. We are going to bring home three gold medals. “I am confident we will get a gold medal in the ‘Zhangzheng Award of Engineering Design,’ one of the award categories. It is an award given to the country or team with the best engineering design of robotics.
“Another award category I am confident of is the ‘First Global Alliance Award,’ where three teams or countries come together to form an alliance where the best country wins.
“We can only hope that with everything we have done and with God on our side, we will come out victorious,” Olowokere said.
Also, Dodie Iroaganachi, 17, of Queens College, Lagos, expressed enthusiasm on their chance of winning. “We hope to come out top 10 among the 193 teams from 187 countries,’’ Iroaganachi said.
Commenting, Samuel Mbah, 16, of Osezele Comprehensive Senior School, Lagos, said that the team would perform creditably well in the competition. Mbah said that they had put in their best during preparation for the competition, adding that they would make the country and their sponsors, Aramex Technology, proud.
On his part, the managing director of Aramex and Doculand Nig., Faisal Jarmakani, had, at a news conference in Lagos, informed all present that the 2018 challenge in Mexico will “Energy Impact.”
According to him, competitors will be expected to solve problems related to energy with the use of robotics so that all the students are in a way, building foundation blocks for a technology-advanced Nigeria.
“Without any doubt, we will soon join other countries of the world where science and technology have become the backbone of economic development,’’ he said.
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