Global Robotics Olympiad: How Nigerian teen techies ‘shook the table’ in Mexico

A fortnight ago when a group of Nigerian teenagers set out to participate in the 2018 First Global Robotics Olympiad (GRO) in Mexico, they promised to do the nation proud by winning laurels.

Well, they did!

The teen techies won two bronze medals at the competition participated by 187 countries.

The Nigerian team won the medals in the Outstanding Support and International Journey categories.

There were 20 categories of awards at the event which ended on Sunday.

The competition began on Aug 13.

The challenge was on Energy Impact. Competitors were to solve problems related to energy with the use of robotics.

Remi Willoughby, National Coordinator of the GRO, said there were 193 teams from 187 countries at the competition.

Willoughby described Nigeria’s victory as an attestation that the Nigeria child was making progress in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.

The five teenagers, aged from 15 years to 17 years, are from secondary schools in Lagos.

They are four females and a male.

They are Anjolaoluwa Olowokere from Lagoon School; Iroaganachi Udodirim, Queens College; Samuel Mbah, Osezele Comprehensive Senior Secondary School; Tochukwu Anyigbo, Lagoon School; and Daberechi Onyeacholem, Greensprings School Lekki.