Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Ethiopian students get to test their AI skills in the US

For the fourth time 30 Ethiopian elementary school students will travel to the US for the VEX Robotics World Championships.
These students had the best scores out of 150 local results. They will compete with other students around the globe in the US state of Kentucky from the middle of April until May 1. The Ethiopian students were trained by the Ethiopia Science, Technology, Math, Innovation and Robotics Center and were selected from 20 private schools.
SENAKRIEM MEKONNEN, Managing Director of the Science and Technology Center said this will be a great experience for the students. “Last year our students came in 70th place out of 100 countries which was good because we are not at the level European and American students in technology based learning. Participating and sharing experiences are the best opportunity we can give our students,” he said.
VEX Competitions bring STEM skills to life by tasking teams of students with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April.