Represented by a team of 7 students in the “First Global” Robotics Challenge, an international competition that was held in Washington DC, from the 16th to 18th July 2017, Rwanda emerged in the 9th position among 160 participating countries, and first in the African region.
“First Global” Robotics Challenge, is an annually held international competition, with the aim of expanding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This year’s theme hinged on constructing a robot that can assist in preserving water.
The Rwandan group consisted of seven students of ages between fifteen and nineteen from different schools: Mugisha Aubin Marc (Remera Rukoma Secondary School); Rugerinyane Aime Regis (Lycee de Kigali); Ikirezi Paola (Excella High School); ByshimoShema Serge (SOS Technical School); Ishimwe Benitha (Stella Matutina); UwihoreyeJoselyne (Saint Ignace Secondary School); Muhirwa Frank Marcel (College saint Andre).
It was the first time Rwanda participated in this contest but made an outstanding robot that helps in obtaining water for people. This brilliant project earned themthe first place in Africa, against South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, Gambia, and Missouri and 9th in the world.
The countries which surpassed Rwanda’s performance were Singapore, Israel, Myanmar, a jointure of European nations (Team Europe), as well as Italy, Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania.
Reacting to the victory, the minister of Education in Rwanda Papias Musafari has encouraged the youth to look up to the Rwandan Team as a model of success and follow into their steps, exposing and grooming their skills in the fields of STEM.
Ivanka Trump, daughter of the American president and an advisor in the American government was present at the competition.
The competition organized by the company First and supervised by Dean Kamen is expected to take place in Mexico next year.
The Rwandan winning team will talk to IGIHE as soon as they come back, explaining the nature of their invention and the technology they made during for the global competition.