Uganda’s Teen Titans: Young Engineers Bound for Vex Robotics World Championship

Laurean Rugambwa Rugyendo, a Senior Two student, is set to lead a team of seven talented teenagers from Young Engineers Uganda to the highly anticipated Vex Robotics World Championship 2024 in Dallas, Texas.

Hailing from various schools across Kampala, these young minds are gearing up for a two-week showdown commencing on April 26th, representing Uganda amidst a global gathering of over 2,000 teams from 55 nations.

“I am thrilled to lead the team, and we aim to surpass last year’s performance, bringing greater glory to our nation,” exclaimed Rugyendo during a press briefing at the Young Engineers Uganda headquarters in Ntinda, Kampala.

The program, integral to Rugyendo’s academic journey at SMACK, has not only enhanced his proficiency in Maths and Physics but has also equipped him with practical skills crucial for navigating the modern-day O’level curriculum.

Joined by teammates Tabitha Irungi Aloyo, Leona Pauline Ainemukama Muhangi, Linda Lesly Praise Kansiime, Queen Ankunda Kajwengye, Mathew Joe Muwaya, and Housna Kasemire Rashid, Rugyendo and his peers are primed for an exhilarating clash with top-tier teams from technologically advanced nations.

Under the guidance of coaches Allen Nanyonjo and Monica Arinaitwe, these teenagers form part of the broader Young Engineers network, aimed at nurturing Uganda’s future scientists, innovators, and creative thinkers through LEGO and Robotics education.

With STEM education at its core, Young Engineers Uganda is on a mission to empower youth across the nation, boasting a presence in over 20 schools and plans for further expansion.

The Vex Robotics World Championship, slated for April 26th to May 4th, 2024, promises to be a dazzling display of ingenuity and talent, drawing participants from diverse corners of the globe.

Head coach Ms. Allen Nanyonjo confirmed the team’s invitation to the championship, highlighting the event’s significance in fostering STEM education and career prospects. Their journey follows a bronze medal win at the Pan African Robotics Competitions (PARC 2022) in Dakar, Senegal, underscoring their dedication to innovation and problem-solving.

Through their participation, Team Uganda aims to inspire a new generation of leaders adept at tackling real-world challenges, embodying the spirit of innovation and excellence on a global stage

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