Gambia Team Ranked 106 at FIRST Global Challenge Robotics Competition

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Gambia Robotics Team has been ranked 106 among 163 national teams including 40 African countries participating in the just ended FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition held in the United States capital, Washington DC.

Their tasks were to build robots which will accomplish engineering tasks as a global society to solve water crisis. The teams accomplished engineering tasks such as the storing of drinkable water, filtering of contaminated water, and procuring of new sources water.

Benin and Liberia were ranked highest among the African teams followed by Nigeria (25), Mozambique (29), Mali (30), Zambia (32), Sierra Leone (37), Cameroon (43), and Equatorial Guinea (50).

All the participating students – aged between 15 and 18 – were recognised for their efforts while the top three ranked teams – Team Europe, Poland and Armenia respectively – were awarded gold, sliver and bronze medals respectively.

The Gambian team – like the team from Afghanistan – were granted visa after initially being denied. 

Below are the ranks of the participating African countries at the end of the competition.

Benin – 7
Liberia – 12
Nigeria – 25
Mozambique – 29
Mali – 30
Zambia – 32
Sierra Leone – 37
Cameroon – 43
Equatorial Guinea – 50
Namibia – 52
Senegal – 55
Zimbabwe – 56
DR Congo – 58
Ghana – 66
Rwanda – 68
Cabo Verde – 69
Burundi – 73
South Africa – 77
Malawi – 81
Tunisia – 83
Niger – 89
Burkina Faso – 93
Gabon – 96
Morocco – 100
Seychelles – 105
Gambia – 106
Tanzania – 109
South Sudan – 117
Uganda – 128
Sudan – 135
Ethiopia – 136
Egypt – 142
Ivory Coast – 143
Botswana – 145
Kenya – 148
Lesotho – 150
Algeria – 154
Togo – 155
Madagascar – 157
Libya – 159

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