ASEN Presents the Pan-African Robotics Competition (PARC) 2018

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – 22 February 2017 – Association of STEM Educators in Nigeria – ASEN: is an umbrella non-government and non-for profit association of STEM charities, philanthropist and volunteers in Nigeria. The main objective of the association is to promote, develop and nurture STEM education and its application in Nigeria.

Competition Description:
Africa has 6 out of 10 fastest growing economies but it also has the highest disease burden in the world. PARC 2018 challenges African student to devise solutions to provide access to quality Health services using science and technology – Surgical Robotics, Wearable Biosensors, Hand-held Point of Care Diagnostics, Virtual and Augmented Reality in Healthcare education, Organs on a chip, Internet of Things for Healthcare, Drug/Vaccine development, and manufacturing, etc. The PARC 2018 which takes place once a year will be taking place in Kigali, Rwanda.

The competition will be divided into four (4) categories:

  1. Tech League (Grades: 4 – 8), Age: 11 – 15 years, Challenge: It’s an Outbreak
  2. Stars League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Manufacturing Medicine
  3. Makers League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Hospitals of the Future
  4. Engineering League (Grades: Undergraduates), Challenge: Enabling the Disabled

Brainiacs STEM & Robotics, Roboglobal Education Consultancy, Letslearn.ng, Aramex, DocuLand, Start-up Arewa and Young Innovators are collaborating with ASEN to organize Hackathon to select a team to join the ASEN’s Nigerian delegation to Rwanda for PARC 2018. The selection will focus on the following 2 categories as outlined in by PARC:

  1. Makers League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Hospitals of the Future
  2. Engineering League (Grades: Undergraduates), Challenge: Enabling the Disabled

Refer to PARC website via this link http://parcrobotics.org/files/parc2018kigali.pdf for details of the rules and guidelines for the competition. Each team will be required to develop a solution in line with the theme and guidelines issued by PARC.

The Hackathon will hold on in Kaduna, the capital city of Kaduna State as follows:

Date: 24th February 2018
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Kaduna ICT Hub, 47 Kanta Road, Kaduna

The Hackathon will hold on in Lagos as follows:

Date: 24th February 2018
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: 78A Isale Eko Road, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The PARC Final Hackathon will hold in Kigali Rwanda as follows:

Day: 25th March 2018 – 28th March 2018
Venue: Kigali Convention Centre, KG 2 Roundabout, Kimihurura Kigali Rwanda

Winners of the Hackathon will be sponsored to join the Nigerian team under the ages of 15 and above.

How to be a participant: Interested students should form a team of 3 individuals and register here with the following information:

  1. Individual team member’s names
  2. Team name
  3. Names of schools/university
  4. Course of study (for university students)
  5. Name of team lead
  6. Short abstract of your team idea and
  7. Passport numbers.

Only selected teams will be allowed to participate in the hackathon. Registration for the hackathon closes on the 22nd February at 12 midnight Nigerian time.

How to get involved to be a team manager and/or coach: Volunteers interested in supporting and mentoring the winners ahead of departure to Kigali can register here and indicate how they want to support.

SOURCE
Association of STEM Educators in Nigeria – ASEN