This year, TME Education has sponsored Team Kenya to participate in the annual FIRST Global Robotics Challenge. The FIRST Global Challenge invites each country to send a team of young people to compete in the robotics Olympics, which take place in a different side of the world each year. This year, the competition is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 24 - 27 of October.
With this year's theme Ocean Opportunities, teams will learn about real-world challenges related to cleaning up the world’s oceans. Two competing alliances, each comprised of three teams from different countries, will work to clear the ocean of pollutants. The ocean will be represented by a playfield with processing areas where the robots will deposit the pollutants. TME Education sponsored the Kenyan team with the funds for a Robot kit. The kit contains all the necessary material to build the robot.
Team Kenya nicknamed their robot ‘Wema’ which is Swahili for ‘Goodness’, meaning technology for good. Wema’s role is to collect pollutants, carry and deposit them to the specified points in order to score points during the competition. Wema will be controlled by two human players using gamepads. In building Wema, the team, comprising of five teenagers, has gained both programming and mechatronics skills. Gearing up for the competition, Team Kenya has been perfecting driving the robot and performing tasks.