Botswana Schools Excel In Rwanda

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Three schools from Botswana that participated at the First Lego League competitions held in Kigali, Rwanda over the weekend have brought home two awards.

Team Botswana which consisted of students from Kagiso Senior School (Ramotswa) Livingstone House Primary School (Orapa) and Kgale Hill CJSS (Gaborone) scooped 1st place in the Innovation Project International Award and 2nd place in the Robot Performance International Award.

Team Botswana participated in the 6 nations competitions, in which schools from Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Benin also participated.

In the competition, teams were judged in four main categories that include Core values, Innovation Project, Robot design, and Robot game. Teams participating in the FLL competition were expected to excel in all these areas, demonstrating a holistic understanding of robotics, problem-solving, teamwork and innovative thinking.

In an interview, Dare to Dream Media Personnel Letlhogonolo Peter said that the competitions offer a significant benefit to both students and the country. He stated that the awards promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education through hands-on learning, fostering critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.

He said, through the competition, participants gain inspiration, motivation, and global competitiveness, while also contributing to economic growth by developing a skilled STEM workforce. He said that FLL competitions engage communities, nurture future innovators, and ensure long-term societal impact by preparing students for careers in STEM fields. Peter noted that as a way of recognising their outstanding performance President Paul Kagame of Rwanda awarded each participant from team Botswana with a laptop.

Meanwhile, the three schools that were selected to represent Botswana in Rwanda were winners in the First Lego League Challenge Masterpiece Botswana regional competitions that were held on the 24th November 2023 at Botswana Digital Innovation Hub in Gaborone. The regional competitions had brought together schools from various regions across Botswana including Maun, Orapa, Kang, Takatokwane, Molepolole, Lobatse, Ramotswa, Mogoditshane and Gaborone. 

They were hosted by the Ministry of Communications, Knowledge and Technology, Ministry of Education and Skills Development in collaboration with Dare To Dream Academy. Dare to Dream Academy is an NGO based in Botswana dedicated to the advancement of youth, women and girls in STEAME (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Entrepreneurship) as well as Aviation and Aerospace.

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