Dr. Obote College School innovation wins e-Lab

By Omondi Julius Odera, Kampala, Uganda

An innovative automatic poultry feeding technology has enabled Dr. Obote College School to win the 2014 Science and Technology innovations Challenge (STIC) in Uganda.

The competition, which pools together secondary schools from across Uganda, aims at fostering technology in the learning institutions. According to Huawei Uganda, the main sponsors of the competition, the STIC is an annual event that began in 2010 with an aim of promoting science and technology incubation through project-based learning in secondary schools.

Outreach programs to select secondary schools in the different regions in the country were conducted to train design and prototype meaningful robotic applications. The challenge involved presenting projects depicting applications of robotics in real life, assembling and disassembling mobile phones and a quiz which covers both robotics and mobile phone technologies.

Various schools from Central, Northern, Western and Eastern region took part in the grand finale that was held at Makerere University on Saturday 18th October 2014. The schools included St Mary’s College Kisubi, Dr. Obote College School, Ntare School and Maryhill School Mbarara among others.

Dr. Obote College School emerged overall with their presentation and farm tech innovation which amazed the judges. As a result of this outstanding achievement, Huawei Uganda, are to offer an e-lab to Dr. Obote College School Lira District. “Huawei Uganda has been sponsoring this initiative since 2012 after an MOU with Makerere, we shall once again offer an e-lab for the winning school and over 30 Huawei Smart phones to the winning individuals,” said Mr. Dai Xia, the Public relations manager for Huawei Uganda.

The winner school portrayed their innovation and technological prowess through their farming technique dubbed Poulex project. The technology is a modernized poultry farm system which disperses chicken feeds and water automatically to the feeding and drinking troughs of the birds at intervals set by the farmer. The system uses an ultrasonic sensor to detect the water depth so as to determine whether to allow water to flow in the drinking trough or not. With the help of a light sensor, the system automatically turns on the light in the chicken house at night and turns off during the day.

The minister of education and sports Mrs. Jessica Alupo, who was the guest of honor at the event commended Huawei for their continuous support to the competition. She further pledged government support to this challenge. The e-lab commissioning ceremony shall be held at the Dr. Obote College School Premises in Lira district next month.

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