A robotics team from the Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS) will be heading to the US to for the Robofest World Championships at the Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan from May 17 to May 19.
The team, Giantbot One, is the 2017 National Champion in the Autonomous Rescue Challenge (ARC) and qualified as one of three teams to represent Ghana at the event.
The team members will later be in New York from June 11 to June 18, 2018, to participate in the Genius Olympiad at the State University of New York at Oswego.
The members of the team are Kelvin Nketia-Achiampong, Anstein Anomel, Kelvin Oduro Aboagye, Kofi Erzah Buah, Sompa Abeiku Nyarko-Lartey.
The GiantBot team swept the gold, silver and bronze medals with unprecedented and national record-setting times of 25.25, 26.64 and 27.40secs respectively.
As an educational tool, robotics was introduced on a national scale in second-cycle institutions in Ghana in the year 2011 by Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu who currently works with the Mars Exploration Rover Operations Team at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States.
With other colleagues, the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation (GRAF) was formed to promote robotics study in Ghana.
The formation of the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation has stirred an interest in robotics in about 30 schools around the country.