GISUTECH STEM EXPO 2016
By: Charles Halonda-Funa
An international Robotics & Technology Competition is a two day event that attracted over 60 participants from 11 countries including Uganda, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Japan, Turkey among others. The competition was organized by Galaxy International School Uganda (GISU) to engage young people from all around the world in transforming their ideas into technological innovations that address challenges in our everyday life. Some of the schools competing included; Horizon College (Jinja), Turkish Light Academy, Kampala International School Uganda (KISU), Galaxy International School (GISU) etc.
The students competed in several categories namely; Robotics, Mobile Applications, Hardware Control, Short Movie etc. Some students exhibited Smart Glasses for the Blind and the reasoning behind their idea was because of witnessing their blind neighbor undergo hardships on daily basis. The Smart glasses use sensors located on their straps to notify the blind person wearing them of any objects ahead.
The College of Computing and IS, Makerere University in collaboration with Galaxy International School Uganda had two lecturers amongst the other 7 judges namely Dr. Paul Ssemalulu and Mr. Grace Kamulegeya. They were selected to preside over the competition to judge and choose the best participants for their accomplishments in Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics (STEM).
The Guest of Honor, Honorable Maj. (Rtd) Jessica Alupo, Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Sports presided over the GISUTECH Awards Ceremony including other VIP personnel from Makerere University and the general public. Awards were handed out to honor the best participants/exhibitors. The event ended with a memorable mention from the GISUTECH Director Ibrahim Bicakci, “that the event would encourage young people to apply their imagination, their passion, and their creativity to technological innovations that can make a difference in the world”