The inaugural "African Robotics Challenge" (ARC) will be held this year in Gauteng, South Africa on the 8th and 9th of August 2019. The competition is expected to bring together in South Africa 12 African Countries for a two-day-long robotics challenge. The goal of this fundraising is to ensure that every student group from all the interested countries participate at no cost. ARC will inspire young people to take action to solve problems, think critically, and work together.
To ensure its long term development, the continent of Africa is in dire need of a skilled local workforce in the fields of engineering and science to solve context-relevant problems. Unfortunately, the current education system in Africa is not preparing children for a future that requires them to be curious and innovative. This project will bring 12 countries (teams) in South Africa for a two-day-long robotics challenge and inspire children to see the power of STEM as they compete.
We believe robotic competitions will not only increase children's interest in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) but also their respective country's. By helping students learn about technology through a hands-on project such as robotics, students will come away with a better understanding of the types of careers available in engineering, robotics, design, and programming and gain more confidence in seeing a place for themselves in these careers.
The project will inspire 100+ students to take action to solve problems, think outside the box, and work together as teams to support one another even as they compete with each other. Students will learn teamwork, project management, public speaking, and interview skills as well as the technical capabilities of designing, building, and programming a robot. These are the skill sets they will need to make discoveries, think critically, and prosper in this evolving world.
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