Friday, July 21, 2017

FIRST Robotics Competition 2017 ends with six teenagers from the African Burundi robotics team reported missing.

Six teenagers from the African Burundi robotics team reported missing after FIRST Robotics Competition 2017 games ends.

ICMS, Inc. Reports
By Tom Okure, Ph.D.

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FIRST Robotics Competition Logo

FIRST Robotics Competition 2017 that just ended can be termed a critical Mind Sport. The annual international student robotics competition which took place in Washington combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

Using limited resources and very stringent rules and a six weeks dateline, competing high school teams are required to accomplish the task of creating an industrial robot. 

Teams of high school students all over the world are invited annually and challenged to raise funds, create a team brand, sharpen teamwork skills, and build and program an industrial size robot to compete with each other. The annual competition welcomes all skill levels among the students both technical and non-technical.

Ivanka Trump congratulates talented competitors
at the FIRST Robotics Competition event
Each team plays a hard field competitive and engineering game close to a real life situation and student teams get the assistance of professional volunteer mentors who give of their talent and time to guide their teams. 

FIRST Robotics Competition operates during the school year. Participating high school teams form and are required to register in the fall. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.

Ivanka Trump welcomes Teams USA, Afghanistan
and FIRST Robotics Competition winners,
Team Hungary, to the White House
Yesterday July 20, 2017, it was reported that six members of the African Burundi team had vanished from the competition. Law enforcement officials in Washington D.C. reported that two of the missing teenagers were seen crossing into Canada. 

The missing Burundi team members had competed in the inaugural international event of the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition. This year the event, drew hundreds of high school students from 157 nations to Constitution Hall in Northwest. The event opened with a parade of nations and closed Tuesday the 18th of July 2017 at around 6:30 p.m.

Six teenagers from the Burundi robotics team
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Event officials stated that the students appeared to have left of their own accord, as their housing keys were left in their mentor’s bag and they took their clothes from their dormitory rooms. Could it be that the teenagers used their opportunity to visit the United States as a chance for defecting? FIRST Robotics students attending the event are alleged to have been given a one year visitor visa to the United States.
The Police confirmed the names of the two Burundi students crossing into Canada as Don Ingabire, 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17. The destination and current location of the two runaways remained unknown according to police. Official missing person posters have been issued by the police and event officials. 
Aquita Brown, a police spokeswoman said they don’t suspect any foul play. It is amazing that the Burundi Embassy in Washington stated in an email that the Embassy was unaware that a team from their country was in the United States until after the teenagers were reported missing.

The official game animation for the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition game below:



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