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Mikrobot Academy Sends Three Teams To 2023 Robofest World Championship In Michigan, USA

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Let’s delve into the inspiring story of young robotics enthusiasts from Mikrobot Academy, a private robotics club in Ghana for young students between 7 – 14 years old. The Academy has a vision and mission aligned with that of the Robotics inspired Science Education (RiSE) program of the Ghana Robotics Academy foundation (GRAF).

This year, three teams from Mikrobot Academy will be representing Ghana in the junior division of the 2023 Robofest World Championship, set to take place at the prestigious Lawrence Technological University in Michigan, USA. The Academy’s participation in this event serves as a testament to its commitment to empowering young Ghanaians by unlocking their creativity, innovation, and passion for science and technology, using the motivational effects of robotics to develop science, engineering, and technology skills.

Each year, GRAF organizes the RiSE national competitions and National Qualifiers (NQ) for international competitions, which is an opportunity for teams from across Ghana to showcase their talents and qualify for selection to represent their country on the world stage. Mikrobot Academy’s Cosmic Intellects made an impressive debut in 2019, placing 6th out of 52 teams in the Junior Game division at the Robofest World Championship. In 2021, the Academy’s team, Ex-Nihilo, which comprised Jonathan Adoo, Ernestho Desouza, Edgiva Takyi, and Salim Valikem, won the Unknown Mission Challenge (UMC) at the same event.

This year, Mikrobot Academy’s teams SOUL, Spirit, and EMI will represent Ghana in the Junior Game and Junior BottleSumo divisions. Team SOUL, comprising Andrew Anthony Kojo TAKYI-APPIAH II, Rehan ASHFAQ and Adom Aye Dokua DANQUAH, are poised to make a splash at the competition. Members of team Spirit, John Kekeli JAOUDEH, Mohummed Zaki SIDDIQUI, Kelvin Ohene Kofi AGYEKUM, and Nii Omanye OTOO-ALFREDS, have their eyes on the prize, and Team EMI, made up of Emmanuel Nana Nhyira POBEE, Israel Yeboah AWUAH, and Marc Farouk FADOUL EL ACHKAR, is eager to make their debut and do their Academy proud.

There will be five other teams from Right to Dream Academy, Our Lady of Grace SHS and Prempeh College will be
representing categories BottleSumo Mikrobot Academy’s commitment to developing not only science, engineering, and technology skills but also discipline, leadership skills, self-confidence, emotional intelligence, communication, and stewardship, is a testament to the transformational power of education.

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The Academy meets every Saturday at the CSIR-Institute for Scientific and Technological Information (CSIR-INSTI) in Accra, and its focus on inspiring young Ghanaians is nothing short of admirable. As these young pupils from Mikrobot Academy are breaking boundaries in the field of robotics, they are also setting an example for their peers and showing that anything is possible if you put your mind and hands to it.

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