FIRST LEGO League launched
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNEBSURG – SAP Africa, the software giant, has committed R1,4 million as sponsorship for this year’s FIRST LEGO League, the robotics competition designed for youngsters.
The cheque was handed over to the organisers of the world-renowned robotic event at its launch at the SAP Headquarters outside Johannesburg.
Derek Kudsee, Chief Operations Officer of SAP Africa, pledged his company’s commitment to the competition and empowering youth.
“At SAP, we are inspired by the youth and education agenda of the government on science education. The money on the cheque is not only what SAP is about,” he said at the event.
It is the ninth year SAP is supporting the FIRST LEGO League in South Africa.
Kudsee hinted this support could be extended to other parts of the continent.
“Next year would be tenth edition and we will hopefully extend the support of the FIRST LEGO League to the rest of the continent. We are committed to the regions-the French speaking Africa, Portuguese-speaking Africa and such countries as Nigeria and Kenya.”
The robotics competition is a partnership between FIRST and LEGO Group, the British and Danish firms respectively.
It was first played in 1999.
The FIRST LEGO League programme is designed to show children the excitement of science, technology and engineering.
Research and problem solving are integral parts of these fields and keys to the success of any real-world engineering team.
Through the project, teams learn more about the science behind the challenge theme and better understand the work of professionals in that field. Teams encounter challenges similar to those faced by scientists and engineers as they identify a problem and develop an innovative solution.
It gives students a chance to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it through research, critical thinking, and creativity.
The local national championships are scheduled for next month.
The national winners will qualify for the global event set for the United States in April next year.
– CAJ News
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