Team AI Squad from Hillside School, Abuja has emerged winner of the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Nigeria National Championship  hosted by Baze University, Abuja.
The competition, which hosted 600 pupils of ages nine to 16, had team Federal Government College (FGC), Odogbolu, Ogun State, emerge second place winner, while Team Glistobots, from Glisten International Academy, Abuja, won the third place.
The top three teams will represent Nigeria at international tournaments including the World robotic festival at Houston, Texas and International Open Championships in Turkey, Lebanon, Australia and Uruguay.
This year’s challenge “Into Orbit season”, which was judged in the areas of project, robot design, and core values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship, required the teams to research and present creative solutions to the real-world.
Progamme Coordinator, Olajide Ademola Ajayi, advised students to embrace innovation and critical thinking, while pursuing skills relevant in the future work place.
According to Olajide Ademola Ajayi:
“FLL is a powerful experiential learning program through which students learn grit and perseverance in preparation for overcoming future challenges and making wise decisions in life outside robotics.
It instills and fuels passion for learning new skills and gaining new knowledge in readiness for the future of work.”
Director, Technology and Science Education Department, Federal Ministry of Education, Elizabeth Adedigba, said that STEM is very crucial in the development of any nation.
The yearly FIRST Lego League (FLL) Nigeria National Championship is supported by SAP, Irish Aid, NAPPS and was organised in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education (Nigeria).
The event is organised annually by Coderina, a not-for-profit organisation that leverages technology tools and computing pedagogy to foster an ecosystem of students and teachers well-grounded in applicability of computing, coding and problem solving techniques.