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Paramount launches Parabotics competition
4th Quarter 2018, News & events


Global defence and aerospace company, Paramount Group, has launched an exciting new annual robotics competition called Parabotics, a contest open to high school pupils, college students and university undergraduates across South Africa. The Parabotics competition will enable young learners to be educated and trained on how to build and program world-class, desktop-scale robots, while being encouraged to pursue tertiary education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

Announced at the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD), Parabotics is a Paramount Group initiative hosted in partnership with the Technology Localisation and Implementation Unit and the AAD Youth Development Programme (YDP). The Parabotics partnership will also include a year-long training programme, initiated annually for previously disadvantaged youth, whereby they will receive support and training in electronics, programming and robotics. Students will learn how to build and program a desktop-scale robot to navigate autonomously through a maze. The YDP transported over 1000 youth to the AAD Exhibition from all parts of South Africa, made possible through generous sponsorships.

Alison Crooks, CEO of Paramount Industrial Holdings said: “Training in electronics and mechatronics will equip South African youth with next-generation skills in automation and control, machine learning and artificial intelligence – technologies required to meet the challenges and opportunities arising from the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

For more information contact Shamendran Pillay, Paramount Group, +27 11 697 0503, shamendran.pillay@paramountgroup.com, www.paramountgroup.com


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