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Robotics Contest for Youth Promotes Innovation in Africa

Several hundred middle school and high school students from Senegal and surrounding countries spent last week in Dakar building robots, and organizers hoped to encourage African governments and private donors to invest more in science and math education throughout the continent.
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Rokyaha Cisse, 17, from Dakar, adjusts her team's robot at the 2017 Pan-African Robotics Competition in Dakar, Senegal, May 19, 2017. Their robot sends sounds into the ground, which detect the presence of metal. (R. Shryock/VOA)
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Rokyaha Cisse, 17, from Dakar, adjusts her team's robot at the 2017 Pan-African Robotics Competition in Dakar, Senegal, May 19, 2017. Their robot sends sounds into the ground, which detect the presence of metal. (R. Shryock/VOA)

Students from CEM Serigne Bassirou Mbacke school in Kaolack, Senegal, test at their robot at the 2017 Pan-African Robotics Competition in Dakar, Senegal, May 19, 2017. (R. Shryock/VOA)
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Students from CEM Serigne Bassirou Mbacke school in Kaolack, Senegal, test at their robot at the 2017 Pan-African Robotics Competition in Dakar, Senegal, May 19, 2017. (R. Shryock/VOA)

Students test at their robot at the 2017 Pan-African Robotics Competition in Dakar, Senegal, May 19, 2017. (R. Shryock/VOA)
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Students test at their robot at the 2017 Pan-African Robotics Competition in Dakar, Senegal, May 19, 2017. (R. Shryock/VOA)

Seynabu Ndiaye and Awa Gaye test their robot at the 2017 Pan-African Robotics Competition in Dakar, Senegal, May 19, 2017. (R. Shryock/VOA)
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Seynabu Ndiaye and Awa Gaye test their robot at the 2017 Pan-African Robotics Competition in Dakar, Senegal, May 19, 2017. (R. Shryock/VOA)

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