The competitors, with their chaperon, were also at the ministry to inform the sector Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, of their forthcoming trip to Dubai to represent the country.
Ghana is being represented at the competition for the high school category by a team made up of three girls from the Wesley Girls High School and one girl from Mamfe Methodist Girls Senior High School.The team is made up of Jessica Mawuenam Dellason, Venessa Achiaa Nyame and Berrelyn Appiah all from Wesley Girls and Emmanuella Appiah from the Mamfe Methodist Girls.
The team has built a robot that can be used to clear the seashores of plastic wastes which have engulfed the sea and the beaches for recycling.Commenting after watching the demonstration, Dr Opoku Prempeh advised the team to sharpen and fine-tune the finishing of their project. He was excited that the project was in line with government’s determination to promote girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Dr Opoku Prempeh said the project was pure technology using information, communication and technology (ICT).
He said the universities in the country needed to revise their qualification requirement to include hands-on practical works such as what the team had been able to develop. The Chaperon and the STEM Co-ordinator for the Mamfe Methodist Girls, Mr Ben Amoako, was confident that the project the team had embarked on had practical meaning to the contemporary world. He was happy that the project the team was going to exhibit had practical relevance and sought to demonstrate that it was possible a machine, such as what the girls were demonstrating, could be used to clear the beaches of filth.