Posted by: Dr. Y. | June 28, 2019

All-Girls Robotic Team From Ghana Wins World Robofest Championship

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Methodist Girls’ High School at Mamfe Akuapem in the Eastern Region (Source: Africa.com)

A few weeks ago, an all-girls team from Ghana won the World Robofest 2019 Championship in the US, defeating teams from the United States, Mexico, Japan, China, Korea, South Africa, etc. The 20th edition of World Robofest championship competition took place in the state of Michigan, in the United States. I join myself in applauding this outstandingly great feat by the all-girls Ghanaian team from the Methodist Girls’ High School at Mamfe Akuapem in the Eastern region of Ghana: we are very proud of them.

Enjoy the excerpt below from Face2FaceAfrica, and join us in congratulating these girls as well as their coaching staff. For the full article, go to Face2FaceAfrica.

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All-girls robotics team from Ghana (Team Acrobot) – Photo: Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation

Ghana presented an all-girls robotics team for the senior division of the World Robofest Championship in the United States and they won the topmost position by beating teams from the United States, Mexico, Egypt, South Korea and dozens of others.

Named Team Acrobot, the nine girls from the Methodist Girls’ High School in the Eastern Region of Ghana dominated the 10 broad and challenging categories of the championship held from May 16 to 18 at the Lawrence Technological University (LTU), Southfield, Michigan.

[…] The team from Ghana was able to build a robot that arranged boxes according to a binary number they were given during the competition. They also completed their missions successfully.

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Team Acrobot – Photo: Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation

Team Acrobot was not the only team from Ghana. The West African country also presented a team for the junior division called Team Cosmic Intellect. The team of five boys from the Mikrobot Academy in Ghana came 6th out of the overall 52 teams in the division.

[…] The Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation was founded by Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, the Ghanaian robotics engineer at NASA and the chief engineer and technical group leader for the mobility and manipulation group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is one of the lead engineers behind NASA’s Mars Rover and InSight projects. […]


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  1. That’s amazing! Way to go, Team Acrobot! Funny you bring this up because I just released 4 books in my Revezia series today and one new character is a Black female roboticist university student.

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    • Wow! Congratulations on your new books! and So good to see that one of your characters is a Black female roboticist! It is just perfect!

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      • Thank you very much, Dr. Y! I thought it would be a great thing to have a character like that. Her name is Benesha “Benny” Ngondu and she’s actually cousins with the main character of Sika Uvira Chronicle Kasamba Baraka. If those characters were from earth, they would be of Congolese descent, in case you were wondering.

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      • Sweet! So she would be a Congolese robotics genius… I like that

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      • Sure thing. I’m glad you like the concept of that character. Those two cousins have technological know how. Benesha is into robotics while Kasamba makes devices that can track, convert, and neutralize mana (a magic-like scientific resource in Revezia) in this world.

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