Team ACROBOT from Methodist Girls’ SHS, Mamfe came first in this year’s competition, beating off stiff opposition from experienced teams across the world.
According to TechVoiceAfrica, the competition, which started on May 16 and ended on May 18, begun with national qualifiers across USA, Canada, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Ghana, Egypt, India, Macau, South Africa, Ecuador.
The best teams from these qualifiers meet in the US to compete in the Annual Robofest World Championship Competition. The team from Ghana was able to build a robot that arranged boxes according to a binary number they were given during the competition. They also completed their missions successfully.
Dr. Yaw Okraku-Yirenkyi led Ghana’s contingent of 21 people made of 3 teams (ACROBOT, I-BOT and Cosmic Intellect) and staff of the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation (GRAF) to the annual event which was held at the Lawrence Technological University (LTU), Southfield, Michigan.
Through GRAF, in the 20th Robofest World Championship, Ghana was represented in the senior category by two teams (ACROBOT and I-BOT) both from the Methodist Girls’ Senior High School, Mamfe and in the junior category by Cosmic Intellect, a private team from the Mikrostem Academy- established and run by Ing. Michael Wilson.
The teams pulled stunning results at the just ended world championship with Team ACROBOT emerging as the overall winner (1st place) in the senior category out of 25 teams.
The first lady of Ghana. Rebecca Akuffo-Addo congratulated the girls via social media saying: “I am absolutely thrilled to know that an all girls team from
#Ghana won the World Robofest Championship in the United States. They edged out top teams like the USA, South Korea and Mexico. Thank you lovely ladies for making Ghana proud. #GirlPower“
I am absolutely thrilled to know that an all girls team from #Ghana won the World Robofest Championship in the United States. They edged out top teams like the USA, South Korea and Mexico. Thank you lovely ladies for making Ghana proud. #GirlPower pic.twitter.com/kU8kTvDOE6— Rebecca Akufo-Addo (@RAkufoAddo) May 21, 2019
Team Cosmic Intellect placed 6th out of 52 teams which competed in the junior category of the championship and Team I-Bot placed 15th in the senior category of the senior game.
Congratulations to Team ACROBOT from Methodist Girls’ SHS – Mamfe, for emerging champions at the 2019 #Robofest World Championship, held in Michigan. We are proud to partner with the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation to promote STEM education in Ghana. pic.twitter.com/i1ws9SoB2G— US Embassy Ghana (@USEmbassyGhana) May 21, 2019
The Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation was founded by Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, the Ghanaian robotics engineer at NASA and the chief engineer and technical group leader for the mobility and manipulation group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is one of the lead engineers behind NASA’s Mars Rover and InSight projects.