Ghanaian Senior High School teams and over 1,000 students are gearing up to compete regionally to showcase their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills to address real world challenges.


A release from the Public Affairs section of the United States (US) Embassy in Accra and signed by Jeanne L. Clark, Information Officer , said the competitions coordinated by the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation (GRAF) in partnership with the US Embassy and other corporate institutions, will occur in Tamale, Accra and Cape Coast.


GRAF was founded in 2011 as a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to inspire the next generation of Ghanaians to participate in science and technology.

GRAF?s mission seeks to design accessible and innovative programs that will excite and motivate young Ghanaians to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

?RISE [Robotics Inspired Science Education] seeks to transform the learning experience of young Ghanaians by connecting science theory to hands-on learning experiences. Not only do teachers and students strategize, design, build, program and test an autonomous robot to solve defined real world problems, but students are also able to develop leadership skills, self-confidence, presentation and communication skills through the experience of Robotics competitions?, the release stated.
It said this was the fourth consecutive year, where thousands of participants and supporters had gathered on and off-line in Ghana to encourage this innovative and motivational experience under the tutelage of NASA Senior Robotics Engineer, Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu and prominent Ghanaian professors.

?We at the U.S. Embassy look forward to making the most of this educational partnership and witnessing the results of these activities in the months and years to come, as students are able to build on their newly-acquired skills?, it said.
The release outlined the schedule of the competitions as follows:

Friday, September 26, 2014: Competition at the Central Administration Hall of the University of Development Studies; 13 high school clubs from Ghana?s northern regions participating.

Saturday, September 27, 2014: Competition at the Ridge Church Hall in Accra; 13 high school clubs participating from Greater Accra, Volta and Eastern regions

Saturday, October 4, 2014: Competition at the Saint Augustine SHS for high school clubs participating from the Central and Western regions.


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