The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with WDA is organizing the fourth Rwanda robot contest on March 28, 2013 at Hotel La palisse Nyandungu.
The contest will be comprised of two competitions; Programming Car with 60 participants and Line-tracing Car 44 participants.
The aim of the Robot contest according to JICA is to provide an opportunity to apply engineering skills and knowledge into practice and contribute to the strengthening of practice-oriented technical Education among TVET institutions, Universities and Higher learning Institutions.
Prospective participating institutions in Programming Car are; the National University of Rwanda (NUR), Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Tumba College of Technology (TCT), Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center-Kigali (IPRC-Kigali ) and Umutara Polytechnic (UP).
Line-tracing Car competition will include 11 institutions which are; , the National University of Rwanda (NUR), Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Tumba College of Technology (TCT), Integrated Polytechnic Regional center-Kigali, , Umutara Polytechnic (UP), Gitarama Technical Secondary School, (TSS), Muhima TSS, IPRC West, ETEKA Kabgayi, Nyamata TSS and SOS TSS.
“Robot Contest” has been held three times in Rwanda. The first one was held under the theme “Engineering Competition” in 2009, the 2nd was “Skills Contest” in 2011and the third in 2012 was“2012 Robot Contest (ROBOCON) in RWANDA”, with “Nabikora” (Kinyarwanda word for ‘I am able”) as a motto.
In the last Robot contest held on March 24, 2012 Tumba College of Technology (TCT) won in car programing while Umutara Polytechnic (UP) excelled in line-tracing car.
Robot Contest is an annual competition originally from Japan in 1988, for university, college and polytechnic students. Under a common set of rules, participants compete with their peers to create a robot using their creative and technological skills.
Kenya has invited Rwanda-TVET institutions to participate in Kenya robot contest which will take place in May this year.