Rise and Shine Secondary School Wins Sahara STEAMers Regional Competition

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Rise and Shine Secondary School Ntinda, Kampala celebrated a noteworthy victory as their team, Imperial Tech, clinched the top spot in the Sahara STEAMers Regional Competition.

Organised by the Sahara Group Foundation and Asharami Uganda in collaboration with STEMCafe, this annual event aims to foster excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education among secondary school students across Africa.

Team Imperial Tech, comprised of students Anyango Winnie, Bakunga Arafat, Male Raymond, Nalweyiso Kelva, and Nambi Tracy, impressed the judges with their ingenious prototype – a Soil Moisture Detector. This farm-friendly innovation aims to combat over-cultivation while promoting soil quality and increasing productivity, addressing critical agricultural challenges in the region.

The competition, now in its second year, attracted over 200 students from various African countries. Participants underwent an intensive nine-month program designed to cultivate practical knowledge and skills necessary for generating innovative solutions to real-world problems. This year’s edition saw teams from Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, and Tanzania showcasing prototype designs spanning diverse sectors, including home automation, agriculture, security, energy, health, and transportation.

Speaking at the Grand Demo Competition, Ejiro Gray, Director of the Sahara Group Foundation, expressed delight at the students’ commitment and determination throughout the program. She highlighted the success of the initiative in inspiring creativity and critical thinking skills among participants, nurturing a new generation of problem solvers for Africa.

The event also featured impressive innovations from the runners-up. Team Smart Blind Walking Stick from St. Georges Girls Secondary School in Nairobi, Kenya, developed an advanced solution to aid visually impaired individuals, utilising Arduino technology and distance sensors. Meanwhile, Team Young Genius from Oshodi High School in Lagos, Nigeria, engineered an innovative Domestic Drainage System aimed at automating the cleaning process to maintain environmental cleanliness.

Moses Abimpeire, Business Development Manager at Asharami Uganda Limited, emphasized the importance of initiatives like Sahara STEAMers in shaping a brighter future for the country. He reaffirmed Asharami’s commitment to supporting such programs, recognizing them as catalysts for positive change and sustainable progress.

As the curtains draw on the Sahara STEAMers Grand Demo Competition 2.0, the impact of this transformative initiative reverberates beyond the competition arena. It underscores the pivotal role of such programs in nurturing a generation equipped to tackle Africa’s challenges with ingenuity and resilience.

The Sahara Group Foundation and Asharami Uganda remain steadfast in their commitment to advancing programs that propel Africa into a future characterized by innovation, sustainability, and inclusivity. Through collaborative efforts and strategic initiatives like Sahara STEAMers, they continue to pave the way for a brighter tomorrow, where the brilliance of African youth shines as a driving force for positive change and progress.

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