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Uganda Sends Five Students to International Tech Competition in Singapore

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Uganda Sends Five Students to International Tech Competition in Singapore
Uganda Sends Five Students to International Tech Competition in Singapore
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Uganda has sent a group of five students to an international robotics competition in Singapore. This competition is organized by a non-profit group called First Global and will take place from October 7 to 10. It aims to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The students received support from a tech-based non-profit organization in Uganda known as Apps and Girls. They were trained in building and programming robots, as well as developing innovations such as a prototype machine for sanitary pad vending, which they will showcase at the event.

The students participating in the competition are Matilda Nakaye from St Joseph’s Secondary School, Naggalama; Samrawit Ghebrehiwot and Hermon Asmerom from Mengo Senior School; Mittina Akampa from Seeta High School, and Joy Orwin Akandinda from Bugema Adventist Secondary School. According to Mr. Jossy Nasasira, the director of innovations and training at Apps and Girls, the students arrived in Singapore recently.

Ms. Carolyne Ekyarisiima, a computer scientist and the CEO of Apps and Girls, explained that these five girls were selected from their boot camps and other initiatives in various schools. She described them as bright, passionate, and skilled in building robots and coming up with innovative solutions for community issues.

This year’s competition follows the theme ‘Hydrogen Horizons,’ which focuses on exploring the use of hydrogen as a sustainable energy source and addressing climate change challenges in different countries. Teams are required to build robots and guide them through a simulated environment to produce, store, transport, and convert hydrogen energy.

The First Global organization emphasizes teamwork, as teams from different countries collaborate to score points during the competition, promoting global cooperation and mutual understanding.