Seven Senior Secondary students from public and private secondary schools in Lagos State have been selected to represent Nigeria in the FIRST Global Robots Olympic (GRO) in Washington DC.

The FIRST GRO is the maiden edition of the robotic competition.

The goal of the competition is to expose students to collaborate on techniques to solve global problems.

Students within the age bracket 15 to 18 years from New Era Girls Secondary School, Oxbridge College and Dansol High School, Lagos, were selected.

The students are: Tawakalitu Giwa, 15, Omotayo Oluwaseun, 15, both from New Era Girls Secondary School; Agoro Oluwalase, 16, from Oxbridge College; Adegba Tetisimigbe, 15 and Fahad Ayodele, 15, both from Dansol High School.

Accordingt to Mrs Remi Willoughby, an Education Consultant, she said, Roboglobal Educational Consulting and Alofos Science and Technology Foundation would manage the competition for FIRST GRO.

The competition would be an annual event with a focus on the use of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to solve global problems.

She added that the competition is “all-expense paid trip’’ for participating students and their mentors which would be sponsored by the founder of FIRST, Dean Kamen  and the chairman of International Global Initiative, Congressman Admiral Joe Sestak,

“FIRST is the acronym of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

“It will help to build the STEM skills needed by nations to work on global challenges together because of the belief in the value of investing in and pursuing STEM education.

She added that the trip would be sponsored by the founder of FIRST and the chairman of International Global Initiative.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Willoughby said that the students selected to represent Nigeria had commenced training on the use of robotics.

Robotics is the interdisciplinary branch of engineering that deals with the design, construction, operation and use of robots for control, sensory feedback and information processing.

It is also used in promoting the power of creative thinking.