South Sudanese teenagers built a robot that can clean water bodies of plastics and other pollutants

The South Sudan Robotic was established on February 2017 by Team Manager Kuc Mayur Kuc and Mentor Richard Ring Kuach to move and urge South Sudan youth to embrace and study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as a way of solving real-world problems in the areas of agriculture, energy and more.

South Sudan is currently the youngest nation which gained it’s independence in 2011, as a result of agreement signed in 2005. Although the peace deal was signed between Vice President Riek Machar and country’s President Salvar Kiir, in August 2018, South Sudanese doesn’t understand who the real enemy is, because still there is fighting and widespread embezzlement of public funds.

South Sudan is among the eleven countries where River Nile passes through. River Nile is among the 10 rivers account for 90 percent of plastic wastes drained to the oceans. There are 8 billion metrics tons of plastic wastes in the oceans which according to the experts, plastic wastes will surpass fish population by 2050.

The recently held First Global Challenge in Dubai, a team of South Sudanese teenagers built a robot that can clean water bodies of plastics and other pollutants.

The First Global Challenge to recover “trash from the seas” using robots is an annual international robotics and artificial intelligence competition held for the first time in Dubai to spotlight on the more than eight million tons of plastics and other pollutants that make their way into the oceans due to human activity every year, killing marine life affecting global populations.According to team mentor Richard Ring, the robot can be used to clean the Nile of plastic pollution and the Nile is one of the 10 rivers contributing 90% of Ocean plastic waste.

“As a youth, our main point is to unite and make a change and work with the community to clean the oceans. We can do it together,” James Madut, one of the team members, told Gulf News.

Adau Deng Kuol, also from South Sudan, said the competition “gave a voice to people who can do something about the problem”.


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