Cummins Ghana partners with United Way Ghana to embark on a Robotics Training Program in Odorgonno Senior High School.
United Way Ghana with funding from Cummins Ghana, and partnership with Intelitek and National Society of Black Engineers - Ghana to improve the STEM situation in schools. Odorgonno Senior High School was targeted to be the beneficiary of this initiative. The goal of the partnership was to set up a club in the school which would help arouse an interest for science in the students, and to help them acquire and improve their proficiency in scientific endeavors. An aspect of the project featured Robotics. In view of this, the students were taken through a series of training sessions to enable them attain a measure of adeptness. This training program was facilitated by Intelitek.
The National Robotics Challenge, a competition held annually by Coderina EdTech in partnership with the GES (Ghana Education Service) Science Unit and the Ministry of Education, was no small prize the students undergoing the Robotics training program had set their eyes on. Although this competition had been held many times before, this was Odorgonno's first entry thus they would be the newbies and underdogs of the competition. The partnership bought competition kits for the students. The competition is among public schools in Ghana. The students were trained intensively for one month. The training sessions were held on Wednesdays and Sundays. We initially enrolled 34 students into the robotics training program but in time the number of active participants fell to 17 students. The best 10 out of these 17 students were identified through and chosen to represent Odorgonno Senior High School in the National Robotics Challenge.
The National Robotics challenge was a two-day event starting from 11th to 12th June at the University of Ghana. The students lodged in the Jean Nelson Aka Hall on the university's campus. On 10th of June, the day preceding the competition, the participants from the schools were taken on a tour to the Academic City and the University College. The competition was in 3 phases namely, the Discovery phase 1, the Explore phase and the Challenge phase. The Discovery phase was for kids within the range of 4 to 6 years. Kids between the ages of 9 and 12 participated in the Explore phase whilst the Challenge phase was for students between the ages of 16 and 18. With that being said, the students of Odorgonno Senior High School took part in the Challenge phase with the other public senior high schools which were present at the competition.
Twenty-five (25) senior high schools were represented at the National Robotics Challenge. The Challenge phase was very competitive. Despite being the first-timers of the competition, the intensive training the Odorgonno Senior High students underwent began to show its fruits and they performed remarkably well so much as to best many of the reputed senior high schools in Ghana. Odorgonno emerged 1st in the project performance (innovation) round, 2nd in the robot performance challenge and at the end of the competition, they ranked 2nd out of the 25 schools. Each participant received a certificate, a medal and a trophy on behalf of the school. The students exceeded our expectations and proved that the initiative was a grand success.