Five students of Queens’ College, Yaba have beaten all odds to emerge as second runners up in the Finals of the 2019/2020 Conrad Challenge which held on Saturday 1st February 2020 at Lagoon Schools, Lekki.
The students who were among the last team to register for the event however took the last minute preparations to heart and emerged triumphant thereby qualifying for a scholarship worth $60,000 each to study at Clarkson University, USA.
Coached by a Skool media staff, Ebo Kayode and benefiting from Skool Media’s Students Technology Experience Centres, the students are part of a STEAM group in Federal Unity Schools across the country where Skool Media is located who are called tech agents.
In 2019, the Vice-principal (Student Affairs), Mrs Okeke and HOD Humanities, Dr. Mrs Chukwu handed over all matters relating to the competition to Skool Media to prepare the students for it.
The Conrad Challenge is to unleash the potentials of the students as they work towards solving world problems through innovation. This challenge exposes them to opportunities such as an undergraduate scholarship worth $60,000 upwards for four years, and an all-expense-paid trip to attend the international Conrad innovation summit at NASA’s Kennedy space centre, Florida- United State of America.
20 Skool Media tech agents across the senior classes were selected to participate in the competition. The agents were divided into two groups, named Team Titan and Team Rojan. With the knowledge of design/critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, innovation and communication previously taught to them by Skool Media technical officers, the girls went through different stages before arriving at a final product.
Team Rojan , which competed at the final stage invented a mobile application for primary health care as a way of bridging the gap between the hospital and the patient; a prototype of the mobile application was built by the team using an MIT APP INVENTOR where features that help patient to access a doctor, locate a pharmacy, video/voice call a doctor, emergency services, nutritional tips, and others were embedded.