Robotics: Three Mauritian teenagers to compete in Mexico

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Translated from French.

Robotics is a sector of the future, according to FIRST Global and YUVA Mauritius. Three Mauritian teenagers have been selected to compete in an international robotics competition in Mexico City, Mexico next August.

Three Mauritian teenagers keen on robotics will fly to Mexico City, Mexico in August 2018. Anushree Luchooa of Droopnath Ramphul State College, Anaëlle Marie Dhunnoo of Lorette College in Port Louis, and Brendon Shane Rama-Naik of London College were selected from 228 students. These teenagers will represent Mauritius at the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge (FGC) International Robotics Competition. They are sponsored in Mauritius by the Youth United Voluntary Action (YUVA) Mauritius.

The FGC is an international event that aims to encourage young people to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). FIRST Global, which organizes the contest, invites young people from 123 countries to participate each year in this competition. This is the first time that Mauritian teenagers participate. They started their robot project, here in Mauritius, in workshops organized by YUVA Mauritius.

“For these young people, robotics is a gateway to innovation. Our education system is very academic, it does not help students think and create. This is the opposite of robotics, which pushes them to innovate. It must be emphasized that robotics is a sector of the future. First Global found that Mauritius was absent from this competition in previous years. The organization has contacted YUVA Mauritius to organize selections at our place. Our three teenagers are training hard and we are confident to see them perform well. They will also have robotics workshops in Mexico City, “said Krishna Athal, Executive Director of YUVA Mauritius.

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