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South African Teens Duo Builds Remote-Controlled Robot That Extinguishes Fires

South African teenage geniuses Trevor Simelane, 16, and Joseph Mdluli, 17, pupils from Mandlesive secondary school, Kanyamazane in Mpumalanga has developed a prototype robot to fight fires.

communities using science. Established in 2002 to promote the study of maths, science and technology-related subjects, the contest is the brainchild of billionaire businessman Mark Shuttleworth.

“We decided to tackle the problem of fires because it is one of the top three [problematic] issues in the country,” Simelane said as reported by the Sowetan Live.

They won the challenge and took home about $100 each, an iPad each and a goodies bag.

The impressive aspect of their robot- and which caught the judges’ eye- was that their ability to use materials found in their village. The robot comprises a body that looks like a toy car and a remote made of cardboard box. The robot is then plugged into a socket for it to function.

The boys now join a number of South Africans who have build robots for various reasons.

Early this year, a 10-year-old South African girl, Karabo Matlali, built a moving robot, thanks to her skills in mathematics

These creations are just starting points at what robots can be used for in Africa and the world.

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