Three learners from Greenside High School and two from Greenside Primary School, both in Johannesburg, represented South Africa at the World Robotic Olympiad from 25 to 27 November 2016 in Delhi, India.
The theme of this year’s Olympiad was “Rap the Trash” and the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control sponsored the hardware for the two teams from Greenside, Johannesburg. The Greenside High School team, consisting of Owethu “Andy” Sobuwa, Ubaidullah Brown and Mohammed Kai, designed and built a recycling robot for fast food restaurants called the “Rubbish Collector Recycling Machine”. It is designed to move up to the table after a patron presses a button, and then encourages them to dispose of their waste in the relevant plastic, paper, liquids and organics bins, which will then earn them a collectable card to play with friends. The team competed against 37 other teams from around the world and won 9th place.
The Greenside Primary School team, consisting of Dilan Naran and Aydin Kauchali, designed and built the “e-Bin” which opens its door automatically to allow people to dispose of their waste in the relevant bin. The young learners also did well and made the top 20 group out of 38 teams from around the world.