The Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation (GRAF) is organising a Robotics Inspired Science Education (RISE) competition for students in Senior High Schools and Colleges.
It is aimed at motivating and inspiring the next generation of Ghanaians’ interest and participation in science and technology.
The decision to put together the competition stems from how Science and Robotics education has become indispensable in the world currently.
Dr. Yaw Okraku-Yirenkyi, founding member of the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation and the country representative for World Robot Olympiad (WRO) and ROBOFEST World Championships indicated that “this competition offers a lot of opportunities for participants to employ critical thinking, coupled with scientific principles in an attempt to solve problems”.
The competition will come in two challenges; The Autonomous Rescue Challenge (ARC) and the Multi-Grain Colour Sorter Challenge (MGCS).ARC competition mirrors real life-threatening situation where “victims or valuable items” are situated in a mine tunnel. With the clock ticking, each team’s robot competes by demonstrating they have the best robot design and programming skills to rake in the points in the shortest possible time.
The MGCS targets Ghana’s Agricultural sector by inviting young minds to build a robot to sort a container full of a unique mix of Ghanaian grains such as maize, kidney beans, cocoa beans etc.
The Competition will take place in the Northern Zone (Tamale) on Friday, September 28 at the Pastoral Centre and in the South Eastern Zone (Accra) on Saturday, September 29 at Accra Academy.
For the Middle Belt (Kumasi), it will be held on Wednesday, October 3 at YTD while the South Western (Cape-Coast) will have its turn on Saturday, October 6 St. Augustine’s College.
GRAF is hopeful that competing teams will demonstrate a high sense of intellect and determination to see to fruition this competition and its objectives.