English, featured, Ibikorwa|March 31, 2013 7:18 am

Robot competitions to go regional

Robot competitions to go regional

The annual robot competition will now be conducted on the regional level where national champions will be competing in May, 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya.

This was revealed during the fourth Rwanda Robot competitions. The competitions are organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with WDA.

According to JICA’s Kobayasha Hiroyuki, the robot competitions have helped in changing the mindset of the students in vocation institutions and increased their innovation skills which help develop the country.

The fourth contest was 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.

Partcipating institutions in Programming Car were; 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 included 11 institutions which are; , the National University of Rwanda (NUR), Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Tumba College of Technology (TCT).

Others are 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 four 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.

Robot Contest is an annual competition which originally hails 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.