Dayspring Montessori wins RISE Competition

BY: Jennifer Dadza
Pupils of Dayspring Montessori Int. School  displaying their certificates and the trophy.
Pupils of Dayspring Montessori Int. School displaying their certificates and the trophy.

The Dayspring Montessori International School in Accra has emerged winner of the Junior Category of the 2018 Robotics Inspired Science Education (RISE) Competition.

By their feat, the team will travel to Michigan in the United States of America (USA) to participate in the 2019 Robofest Competition in May.

The Mikrobot Academy placed second, while the Right to Dream Academy placed third in the competition. The two schools were each presented with a trophy and a certificate.

During the competition, the participants were tasked to design, build and programme a robot to perform various activities such as carrying objects from one place to another, identifying various colours and also repeating the same words after being spoken to.

The Dayspring Montessori International School, which was represented by a team known as the Radiant Splitters, won in the Autonomous Rescue Challenge Category.

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For that category, the participants were able to live up to the task and did so within the fixed time allotted.

The 2019 Robofest competition will be held in Michigan in the USA next year and winners from other countries will compete in the designing, building and programming of robots, among other things.

The Principal of the Dayspring Montessori International School, Mrs Exonam Agyapon-Ntra, called on the government and other stakeholders to support children who have the interest in pursuing courses and careers in science and technology.

She said training programmes and workshops should be organised frequently to train children to practice the knowledge they acquire during their studies in school to assist them to become great innovators and inventors in future.

Mrs Exonam Agyapon-Ntra applauded the founders of the Ghana Robot Academy Foundation for organising the competition which had unearthed the potentials of many children.

A Founder Member of the Ghana Robot Academy Foundation, Dr Yaw Okraku-Yirenkyi, said the foundation was to help inspire and energise young people to become problem solvers and critical thinkers in their societies.

"Our aim as a foundation is to build potential inventors who can translate theories into useful outcomes to solve real life problems in the country," he stated.

He applauded the students who participated in the competition for their hard work and display of talents.