- Six students from Wesley Girls Senior High School will represent Ghana at the FIRST Global international robotics challenge
- The six member team being put together by STEMbees will need $25,000 to participate
Wesley Girls Senior High School will represent Ghana at this year’s FIRST Global international robotics challenge.
Six students from the school will be representing the nation when the competition kick starts in Mexico City later this year (August).
This was announced by STEMbees, a non-profit organisation in Ghana that seeks to empower Ghanaian girls in STEM (Science, engineering, technology and mathematics) and close the gender gap in that field.
In 2017, Ghana was represented by six girls from the Archbishop Porter’s Girls School during the inaugural edition of the international robotics competition.
In their presentation, the team showcased a robot which they had built, before going on to meet US First Lady Ivanka Trump.
They also paid courtesy calls on Ghana’s ambassador to the USA as well as the wife of Ghanaian politician, Dr. Paa Kwasi Nduom.
Only six girls’ teams contested in the inaugural edition of the competition, despite there being over 160 fields.
STEMbess, which was founded by friends Linda Ansong, Lady Omega Hammond and Angela Koranteng, is responsible for training the Ghanaian team for the competition.
One of the founders, Linda Ansong, said the Ghana team from Wesley Girls Senior High School is looking to do better than last year’s representatives.
“Last year’s participation was difficult to put together but we managed with a bit of support. We are going to Mexico with the aim of improving on our achievements last year and also exposing these young women to what their potential is,” she said.
FIRST Global invites one team from every nation to participate in an international robotics event that builds bridges between high school students with different backgrounds, languages, religions, and customs.
To be able to participate in the competition, each participating team is required to raise $25,000.
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