The Ghana Robotics Academy (GRAF) has responded to messages from the general public seeking clarification on the outcome of Ghana’s participation in the 2018 ROBOFEST World Championship held in Michigan.
Ghana participated in this year’s ROBOFEST World Championship from May 17 ~ 19 and was represented by Three teams namely: SHUT UP (Right to Dream Football Academy), GIANTBOT 1 (Ghana Secondary Technical School, GSTS) and ROID (Opoku Ware Senior High School) .
In a statement released by GRAF, some awards were conferred on two of the Ghana teams. SHUT UP received one of the INNOVATION AWARD(s) and one of the SPIRIT OF ROBOFEST TEAM PHOTO AWARD(s). ROID also received one of the INNOVATION AWARD(s).
According to GRAF, about 23 teams across the globe participated in the competition however, since the end of the event, there have been varying reports in the media especially on what the outcome results were.
The outcome of the event for the teams from Ghana revealed that over all, SHUT UP came 8th, GIANTBOT 1 -12th and ROID -14th.
“In that regard, teams desirous of competing ROBOFEST, Michigan in 2019 as well as in the 2018 World Robot Olympiad (WRO) to be held in Thailand in November must be finalising the preparation by now and demonstrate their readiness to GRAF. Robotic clubs and teams across the country are advised and encouraged to visit the GRAF Facebook page as well as the official web page for guidelines, rules and conditions for qualifying and participating in national and international competitions”, the statement read.
GRAF ended the statement by congratulating all the teams which competed in the 2018 ROBOFEST World Championship and entreated many more teams to compete in the 2019 national qualifiers for ROBOFEST (likely to be held in January 2019) in order to have the opportunity to compete next year.