BY ELLISON VAHI
TEAM Solomons from Woodford International School has returned ranking 57 out from 190 countries.
Recently four students from Woodford international school travelled to Mexico to participate in a robotic challenge.
“One of our alliance posted the fourth highest Match Point and we were also presented with the Safety Award. We were appreciated by the judges for our 3 stage arm design that was unique to the competition,” Mr Rakesh Pandey who mentored the team that participated at the First Global Robotics Competition said.
Pandey said that they feel proud to have represented the country on a global platform and that they are humbled.
“With such a result gained during the competition, STEM education in Solomon Islands will gain a boost and motivate students in the area of scientific innovations.
“We are very happy that STEM education has been included in the Youth Policy of the country and we wish to thank the Prime Minister and his government for giving us an opportunity to share our learning.”
Pandey said they have used their knowledge of STEM to design, build and programme ‘Belama’, their robot.
STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics the Challenge was, based on the theme ‘Energy Impact’.
Participating teams are composed of students between 14 and 18 years with the common goal of increasing their knowledge of (STEM) so that they can become the next generation of 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.
Team Solomon Islands members includes, Edward Patternot, William Poznanski, Renney Sufiona and Tania Uale; all are Woodford International School students mentored by Mr Pandey.