Ifeoluwa Olusanya, an 11-year-old prodigy from Lagos, became the winner of the Next robotics legend Competition which ended last weekend. Ifeoluwa has designed a robot called Tropical Robotic Farming Solution (TRFS) to solve the key problems it has identified in the agricultural sector. These problems include the inability to quickly detect soil diseases and the lack of “smart” farming equipment to control the level of plant nutrients and fertilizers needed for crops to grow to their maximum.
Reacting to being declared the winner and speaking about his experience during the program, Ifeoluwa said: “It was a surreal feeling when I was announced as the winner of the program. The 6 week program was very interesting and educational and I learned a lot. I am thrilled because I will be able to build my own robots through the mentoring program. Thanks, Union Bank and Awarri.
The Next Robotics Legend competition was organized by Edu360 (Union Bank’s educational platform) and Awarri, a company founded by Silas Adekunle, an international robotics engineer renowned for creating the world’s first intelligent gaming robot.
Out of more than 1,000 applications received, 25 students were shortlisted to participate in an intensive 6-week training program. Each of the participants received a tablet with preloaded information; a MekaMon, a robot, which offers an unparalleled teaching experience in advanced robotics as well as access to seasoned tutors for the duration of the program.
At the end of the training, the students were tasked with proposing sustainable and innovative solutions to a social problem within their community. Ifeoluwa, who had the best solution, won the opportunity to be part of a mentoring program with Awarri.
This initiative is part of Edu360’s efforts to integrate robotics and artificial intelligence into the education of Nigerian children and better prepare them for the work of tomorrow.