No fewer than 17 Secondary Schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs participated in the 2016 University of Abuja Robotics tournament on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the tournament titled “UniAbuja/Coderina FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament’’ took place at the university campus, Gwagwalada, FCT.
Mr Olajide Ajayi, the Coordinator of the league in Nigeria, told NAN that the tournament was meant to stimulate innovation in robotics programming among school children.
“Innovation and robotics program is designed to get children excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and teach them valuable employment and life skills
“We believe that introducing them to this kind of initiative will expose them to research methodologies and project research, robot building, programming, design and coding.
“Coding is the future language and every child needs to be fluent in it.
“This is the second year of the project; what we are trying to do is to spike their interest in robotics and watch them develop.
“We will see which school has brought innovation and creativity in their own robot as they display what they have,’’ he said.
Olajide added that the project will help in achieving creativity in schools and in giving the students the opportunity of self- expression and self-discovery.
Dr Aminat Sowole, the UniAbuja coordinator of the league said the tournament was to select those who would represent Nigeria at the international robotics competition.
She said that the event was for both private and public secondary schools within Abuja and its environs as another tournament would be held in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
Sowole said that all the regional winners would be brought together for a grand finale that would produce the overall winner to represent Nigeria in the international competition.
“The Programme is an international event; all the programmes are designed globally; as we are doing it here, others are doing same in UK, US, South Africa and other parts of the world.
“The champions will meet at a higher level so as to produce the winner who will represent Nigeria at the international tournament which comes in March in the both US and Spain.
“There are two parts to the tournament—the robot design and the core value.
“The robot design for this year, is for participants to come up with robots that can pick dirt from one place and dump in another place; the core value aspect is to recycle waste products,’’ she said.
NAN reports that Junior Secondary School, Garki, Government Secondary School, Dutse, University of Abuja International Secondary School and Junior Secondary School, Tudun Wada were among the schools that participated in the competition. (NAN)

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