Ghana youth robotics team prepares to compete in Singapore

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Ghana’s youth robotics team is preparing to compete in Singapore, October 7-10, 2023, at FIRST Global, an annual Olympic-style international robotics competition that brings together young people from around the world to share their passion for STEM . The competition will take place at the Singapore EXPO and will highlight the role of hydrogen in sustainable energy and the low-carbon future.

This year, the Ghanaian team is made up of 5 students from Achimota High School located in Accra, Ghana, who were mentored by STEMbees, a pioneering organization promoting STEM education among African women.

“Over the past few months, these students have demonstrated exceptional skills and talent in robotics, demonstrating their ability to solve complex challenges and work cohesively as a team. By participating in this international event, they will have the opportunity to compete with talented teams from around the world and foster cross-cultural exchanges,” shares Lady Omega Hammond, technology entrepreneur and co-founder of STEMbees.

In 2017, Team Ghana was the only all-female team from Africa at the inaugural global competition held in Washington, DC, USA and placed 66th out of 163 teams from 157 nations. This year, Ghana will join thousands of students from over 190 countries in the challenge titled ‘Hydrogen Horizons’, focusing on the importance of renewable energy and showcasing their creativity and problem-solving skills by building robots to navigate the Hydrogen Horizons game. Teams are made up of high school students who represent their respective countries and work together to design, build and program robots to complete specific tasks related to the competition theme.

“Over the past few years, Team Ghana participants have unfortunately been unable to obtain visas to travel to the FIRST Global competitions in Geneva and Mexico. We are pleased that Singapore does not impose the same restrictions on Ghanaians, which will allow our team to travel and compete once adequate funds have been raised. We are calling on community support for the team to cover various expenses including travel, accommodation, competition entry fees, and equipment needed to make this trip a reality so that the team represents Ghana,” adds Hammond.

STEMbees is leading a fundraising campaign to secure financial assistance and support from businesses and individuals who share a passion for innovation, education and the empowerment of young women in science, technology technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). trip which includes flights and accommodation for the team and two mentors/coaches.

Supporters and corporate sponsors will receive significant visibility and recognition on the STEMbees website, social media platforms, event materials and press releases, increasing brand exposure among from a diverse audience who appreciate the mission of STEMbees.

“We strongly believe that through collaborative efforts, we can create a lasting impact on the lives of these talented young people and pave the way for a more inclusive STEM community in Africa. Your support, whether it be funding, mentoring or resources, will make a significant difference in the success of our team,” says Hammond, who, along with two other female technology students, founded STEMBees in December 2013 during a computer software training program at MEST Africa.

To support the Team Ghana robotics team in their quest to compete in the FIRST global competition in Singapore, make a contribution to https://paystack.com/pay/stem bees. For more information, visit, www.stembees.org

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