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Pan African Robotics Competition (PARC) 2018 In Kigali Rwanda: Nigerian Participant’s Selection Process

February 9 @ 2:00 pm - February 23 @ 4:30 pm

Association of STEM Educators in Nigeria – ASEN

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Pan African Robotics Competition (PARC) 2018 In Kigali Rwanda: Nigerian Participant’s Selection Process

Introducing Pan African Robotics Competition (PARC): The event was organized by Sidy Ndao, a Senegalese-born engineering professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who is on a mission to help further Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education, known as STEM skills, in West Africa. PARC noticed that most countries that have developed in the likes of the United States have based their development on manufacturing and industrialization, and African countries, on the other hand, are left behind in this race. The mission is to inspire kids and to tell them about the importance of manufacturing, the importance of industry and the importance of creation and product development. The goal of the Contest organizers is to urge governments and private donors to invest in science and mathematics (STEM) education throughout Africa as subjects like science and engineering are not just about mixing chemical solutions and building robots.  A STEM field teaches how to question assumptions and discover the unknown.  STEM enables us to find solutions to some of the most pressing issues of today such as alternative energy and food security.  Most importantly, in Sidy Ndao’s opinion, STEM pushes us to keep learning, to keep trying new things, and to keep stretching our imagination.

Association of STEM Educators in Nigeria – ASEN: is an umbrella non-government and non-for profit association of STEM charities, philanthropist and volunteers in Nigeria. The main objective of the association is to promote, develop and nurture STEM education and its application in Nigeria.

Competition Description:

Africa has 6 out of 10 fastest growing economies but it also has the highest disease burden in the world. PARC 2018 challenges African student to devise solutions to provide access to quality Health services using science and technology – Surgical Robotics, Wearable Biosensors, Hand-held Point of Care Diagnostics, Virtual and Augmented Reality in Healthcare education, Organs on a chip, Internet of Things for Healthcare, Drug/Vaccine development and manufacturing, etc. The PARC 2018 which takes place once a year will be taking place in Kigali, Rwanda.

The competition will be divided into four (4) categories:

  1. Tech League (Grades: 4 – 8), Age: 11 – 15 years, Challenge: It’s an Outbreak
  2. Stars League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Manufacturing Medicine
  3. Makers League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Hospitals of the Future
  4. Engineering League (Grades: Undergraduates), Challenge: Enabling the Disabled

Brainiacs STEM & Robotics in collaboration with ASEN and Start up Arewa is organising a 2-day Hackathon to select a team to join the ASEN Nigerian delegation to Rwanda for PARC 2018. The selection will focus on the following 2 categories as outlined in by PARC:

  1. Makers League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Hospitals of the Future
  2. Engineering League (Grades: Undergraduates), Challenge: Enabling the Disabled

Refer to PARC website via this link http://parcrobotics.org/files/parc2018kigali.pdf for details of the rules and guidelines for the competition. Each team will be required to develop solution in line with the theme and guidelines issued by PARC.

The Hackathon will hold on in Kaduna, the capital city of Kaduna State as follows:

Date: 24th February 2018

Time: 9am to 4pm

Venue: TBA

The Hackathon will hold on in Lagos, as follows:

Date: 24th February 2018

Time: 9am to 4pm

Venue: 78B Isale Eko Road, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The PARC Final Hackathon will hold on in Kigali Rwanda as follows

Day: 25th March 2018 – 28th March 2018

Venue: Kigali Convention Centre, KG 2 Roundabout, Kimihurura Kigali Rwanda

Winners of the Hackathon will be sponsored to join the Nigerian team under the ages of 15 and above.

How to be a participant: Interested students should form a team of 3 individuals and register at here with the following information:

  1. Individual team member’s names
  2. Team name
  3. Names of schools/university
  4. Course of study (for university students)
  5. Name of team lead
  6. Short abstract of your team idea and
  7. Passport number.

Only selected teams will be allowed to participate at the hackathon. Registration for the hackathon closes on the 23rd February at 12 midnight Nigerian time.

 How to get involved to be team manager and/or coach: Volunteers interested in supporting and mentoring the winners ahead of departure to Kigali can register here and indicate how they want to support.

Corporate organizations can also donate.

All expenses of the successful teams to represent Nigeria in Rwanda will be covered by ASEN!

This hackathon is organised by Association of STEM Educators in Nigeria and proudly supported by: 

                         

 

Click here to register

Details

Start:
February 9 @ 2:00 pm
End:
February 23 @ 4:30 pm

Venue

No. 78A, ISALE EKO STREET, DOLPHIN ESTATE
Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria
Phone:
+2349091095057