Otino Waa is proud to share that one of our very own students, Patrick Hamza Okello, recently competed in the Inaugural FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) Global Robotics Challenge in Washington D.C., USA. Students from around the world gathered to compete, learn and partner at this amazing event. 157 countries from 6 continents were represented and a total of 163 teams participated in the competition, demonstrating what FIRST referred to as “gracious professionalism” with the goal of helping each other learn and grow in the field of robotics.
The founder of FIRST, Dean Kamen, has a vision that today’s youth could be the first generation working together around the globe with the common goal to make the world a better place. The goal of FIRST is to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in schools to prepare the upcoming generation to solve the problems of tomorrow. Patrick and his team are the first to represent the nation of Uganda in an International Robotics Competition. Patrick is a beacon of hope and inspiration to all of us who are connected to Otino Waa, and especially to the Otino Waa Children.