March 29, 2019, was an exciting time for Academic City’s Robotics Club as it hosted the campus’ first Robotics Festival. The Festival consisted of an exhibition and competition whose goal was to make transportation safer through the creation of semi-autonomous or autonomous vehicles, which can avoid obstacles on roads.
Students in the Club were grouped into four teams and were coached by freshman Benedict Amoako, who is the founder and president of the Robotics Club. With the guidance of their patron, Mr. Julian Bennett, Mechanical Engineering Faculty, the teams worked throughout the semester to build and program their robots ahead of the competition.
Special guests were invited to witness and judge the competition, and include Mr. Michael Wilson, robotics judge at the World Robot Olympiad, and Ms. Angela Koranteng, co-founder of STEMbees, which is an organization aimed at empowering Ghanaian girls to break barriers and overcome the challenges they face in order to pursue careers and other opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Students from the Methodist Girls Senior High School’s Robotics Club were invited as well to learn from the competition and share their insights.
In preparation for the next academic year, Academic City’s Robotics Club aims to develop creative projects that will push students to combat various challenges that they identify in their communities. In the future, the Club’s greatest goal is to create and program drones to serve different purposes.