Woodford students off to Mexico for robotic competition

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BY LYNTON AARON FILIA

FROM the successful participation last year, three students from the Woodford International School have been selected to represent Solomon Islands in 2018 First Global Robotics Competition in Mexico City.

Three students from Woodford International (WIS) will be among students from more than 175 countries in the world to compete in the 2018 First Global Robotics Competition.

The Challenge will take place from August 15-18, 2018 at the Arena Ciudad de México.

The second time participation of WIS student in the FIRST Global Challenge will boost students’ knowledge in STEM and promote Solomon Islands on the global arena.

The FIRST Global Challenge is a truly international robotics event which will bring together aspiring science engineering from more than 175 nations across the world traveling to Mexico City to participate.

Participating teams are composed of students – aged 14 through 18 years – with the common goal of increasing their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Team Solomon Islands are mentored and trained by Mr Rakesh Pandey and include three motivated and aspiring Year 9 students namely—William Poznanski, Edward Patternot and Renney Sufiona.

Mr Rakesh explained the competition aimed students become next generation of scientific leaders.

The scientific leaders who will work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, from food security and access to clean water, to finding better medicines and securing cyberspace, he explained.
This year’s theme is: “Energy Impact”.

From commonly used fossil fuels to environmentally friendly resources like solar and wind, energy is a tool that powers the different parts of our world one way or another.

FIRST Global seeks to inspire leadership and innovation in young people in the fields of science and technology to address the most relevant problems globally and improve the quality of life of communities.

In July 2017, four students from WIS part of the first edition of the FIRST Global Challenge held at the Washington DC, where young people competed in a challenge about providing access to clean water.

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