Ten-year-old, Oluwafayokunmi Olurinola has won The Ijebu-Ode Future City Challenge with his prototype design of plastic roads to solve challenges of deplorable roads in Ijebu-Ode.
The project required for them to identify a need/problem in the city of Ijebu-Ode, proffer a solution and build a prototype of the solution using recyclable/waste materials gotten from their immediate environment. Imagining and creating a city of Ijebu-Ode in the future.
Oluwafayokunmi Olurinola, a Junior Secondary School (JSS) One student of Rosarium Model College, Ijebu – Ode, Ogun State emerged overall winner of competition organized by Exquitec Education Technology.
He polled 157 points to emerge winner. Babasola Al-meen of Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta came second with 154 points, while Lawal Ekundayo of Tai Solarin University Secondary School, clinched third position 90 points.
They were rated based on essay submission tagged: ‘What goes into building a city,’ project overview and solution, video presentation and final pitch at the grand finale.
They presented thier innovations before a panel of judges and winners emerged. Going home with cash prizes, Lego Education Inspire Set and Microbits
The Chief Executive of Officer (CEO) of Exquitec Education Technology, Dr. Kemi Olurinola said the competition is meant to expose kids to critical thinking, problem solving and creativity.
“We need to begin to expose our kids to this concept and skills, which are needed for the 21st century work-place and also to make them problem solvers and not just consumers of technology.”