Despite inadequate govt support, Team Nigeria shines in global robotics competition


A team of seven students, who represented Nigeria in the maiden edition of the FIRST Global Robotics Olympiad (GRO) in Washington DC, U.S. have been commended for their impressive performance.

The team came third out of 41 African countries that participated in the competition and ranked 25th out of 162 countries. They also got two other awards.

Faysal Jarmakani, sponsor of the Nigeria team, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos that some international organisations had indicated interest to partner with the organisers of the event as a result of the feat.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia defines Robot competition as “an event where robots have to accomplish a task. Usually they have to beat other robots in order to become the best one’’.

NAN reports that FIRST is the acronym of ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology’ and the goal of the competition is to expose students to collaborate on techniques to solve global problems.

Mr. Jarmakani said: “The seven Nigerian students that participated in the Robotics Olympiad performed very well; they were ranked as number three in Africa and 25 among 162 countries that took part in the competition.

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