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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho
B.tech Marketing Management
200Level, Nigeria.

Students of Taqwa Private Schools, Ifako-Ijaiye, Agege, Lagos, have excelled in the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) 2018 which held in Chiang Mai, Thailand where they represented Nigeria emerged winner of the junior category.

Speaking with journalists on arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, on Tuesday, leader of the team and Robotics Coach, Ali Abdullahi, said the school competed with 62,000 other teams from different countries in the world.

Speaking on the theme of the competition, “Food Matters, the coach said, the Taqwa team called ‘TPS Verdant’ competed with schools all over the world with a project on hydroponics, which is soil farming (the science of growing plants in nutrients solution without using soil).

“Participants designed robots that will assist human in food production, food distribution and food security, which was about food.

“It is about how we grow and distribute food and also how we secure food. We just came back to the country from Chiang Mai, Thailand, from the World Robot Olympiad. We competed with 63,000 teams from different countries, Abdullahi said.

The coach tasked the federal, states and local councils governments to encourage, boost research in robotics education and make robotics education a priority, saying that such measure will hasten the growth and broaden the knowledge of school children in the country.

“With it, education grows faster and quicker. In other climes, students are being sponsored by the Ministry of Education from both private and public schools. Whenever there is a robotic competition, the government should be in charge to make sure that Nigerians participate”.

In his account of the performance of the TPS team, Abdullahi said the team in its third outing at the global competition made to the last 16 in the junior category and emerged the eventual winner in Nigerian and subsequently represented the country at the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) finals.

“We had won three times at the national level. We have been to Russia, Qatar and now we just returned from Thailand and the experience had just been wonderful and amazing.

“Usually, they award three positions the first, second and third, but this year, they extended it to eight. There were 63,000 teams that participated this year. By the grace of God, my team, ‘Team TPS Verdant ‘made it to the top 16 out of 63,000 teams.”

“We made it to the top 16 alongside five other teams from Nigeria and in our category, Taqwa Private School made the best presentation and we were given a certificate of excellence.”

Members of the team that include Odejaiyi Abdulrahman, Olagoke el-Amin and Alagbe Mujeeb in victory urged teenagers in the country to remain optimistic in every endeavour they are involved in.

SOurce: https://www.independent.ng/taqwa-school-shines-at-thailand-world-robot-olympiad/

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