February 14, 2012
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Institute of Technical Supervision (I.T.S), a division under the Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS) of Ghana are jointly organizing Ghana's first National Robot Competition to be held at the Accra International Conference Centre from 10:30am on Friday, 24th February, 2012. The event is free and open to the general public.
Ahead of the Robot Competition, a 5-day Workshop to enable participants acquire requisite knowledge and skills required for designing and building robot vehicles for the Robot Competition was held at the Institute of Technical Service in Weija, Accra. The Workshop was the second in the series of workshops earmarked for the capacity-building ahead of the Competition.
Officially opening the Workshop, Mr. Alidu Fuseini, the Acting Chief Director of the Office of the Head of Civil Service, (Parent-institution of I.T.S), admonished participants to appreciate the unique opportunity presented at the Workshop. He also emphasized that the OHCS is committed to institutionalizing the Robot Competition as an annual event.
Mr. Yukiyoshi Matsumoto, a veteran and an expert electrical and electronics engineer and the JICA's Senior Volunteer who is coordinating the trainings and workshops for the Competition states: ’In Ghana, the interest in this subject (Applied Electronics), is low, so, in order to increase awareness and sustain interest in the subject, we are beginning with the fundamental knowledge of Electronics and Microcomputer processors. Ghana is experiencing rapid growth of utilization of Electronics and Information Technology, therefore, there is the need to build the capacity of technical students and their teachers to effectively grasp the dynamics of this budding subject.‘
The Robot Competition with the theme; ’Applied Micro-controller Embedded Technology Robot in Ghana‘ will have seven (7) institutions competing for Robotics engineering pride and title as Winners of the 1st Ghana National Robot Competition. The participating institutions are: Accra Polytechnic (Greater Accra Region), Takoradi Polytechnic (Western Region), Ho Polytechnic (Volta Region), Kumasi Polytechnic (Ashanti Region), Koforidua Polytechnic (Eastern Region), Tamale Polytechnic (Northern Region) and Emit Electronics (Greater Accra Region).
Mr. John Welberk, the Principal of I.T.S has also presented to the participating institutions, a set of electronic parts and components, which participants will use to build robots for the Competition on 24th February, 2012 at the International Conference Centre in Accra. Each participant was also presented with a commemorative polo shirt which will be worn on the day.