FGC Robotics Team Nigeria Set For Singapore
By Uchenna Eletuo
Lagos, Sept. 2023 (NAN) The eight-man team of young Nigerian-robotics scientists were set to depart for Singapore Oct. 7 to represent Nigeria in a global competition,
the team Facilitator disclosed in Lagos on Monday.
The team’s mentor, Mr Ibikunle Joshua-Olayinka in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos said that, the team comprised eight High School students selected to represent Nigeria at the 2023 edition of the First Global Robotics Challenge (FGC).to be held from Oct. 7 to Oct.10.
It reports that, the competition to steer young people to use robotics technology to solve contempory challenges, had, Osadebanwen John-Nejoh, Adetayo Kalejaiye, Daanish Mehra as Nigeria representives.
The rest of the team were: Temitope Johnson, Abdulazeez Adekunle, Bashirat Sulaiman, Fiyinfoluwa Oluokun and Adeshina Mojoyinoluwa.
According to Joshua-Olayinka the delegation, aged between 14 and 18 were selected and coached by ASEN, an association of STEM Educators in Nigeria, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) with a mission to grow STEM Education in Nigeria.
.”The selection is done through a rigorous screening process to identify exceptionally gifted representatives to fly the nation’s flag at the competition.
“Organisers of the competition, First Global, is a non-profit-charity body with a mission to inspire leadership and innovation in youth from all nations by empowering them through education in STEM.”
“Since the inception of the competition in 2017 by FGC has empowered high-school students around the world to collectively tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.”
“The challenge an “Olympics-style” robotics event concentrates on revolutionizing renewable energy with a focus on hydrogen.”
“Team Nigeria has participated in FGC since its inception in 2017 and has won medals in every competition,” he said.
He said that the students were dedicated and committed to making a difference through their innovative solutions to problems of renewable energy with a focus on hydrogen.
He appealed to people to support the team to raise fund for logistics and invest in those enthusiastic and ambitious engineers and scientists.
He said that the try-out challenge began with the registration of not less than 100 students, drawn from different secondary schools across Nigeria.
He noted that they were divided into groups to access their knowledge of teamwork, creativity, focus, and problem-solving skills.
At the end of the challenge, best eight were selected to make the Team Nigeria that would compete with 190 nations of the world.
He stressed that previous members of Team Nigeria got admitted to the top universities in the US and other countries and in some cases graduated at the top of their classes.
He gave the team’s Instagram handle as fgc_teamnigeria for people to follow up.
The First Global Challenge was founded by Dean Kamen to inspire a passion for science and technology, leadership, and innovation, among the world’s two billion youths.(NAN)