Uganda’s leading Huawei telecommunication equipment vendor, Huawei will give an e-lab to the Dr. Obote College School Lira. According to Huawei Uganda, the e-lab is a reward for the school’s achievement for becoming champions this year’s Science and Technology innovations Challenge (STIC) 2014 held at Makerere University.
The STIC is an annual event that began in 2010 with the initiative to promote 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.
Dr. Obote College School from Lira District emerged as the winner with the Poulex project; 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 Public relations manager for Huawei Uganda Dai Xia said
‘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’,
The minister of education and sports Mrs. Jessica Alupo also the guest of honour 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.
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, these were; St Mary’s College Kisubi, Dr. Obote College School, Ntare School and Maryhill School Mbarara among others.