By Gashora student, Kamanda Ange
The Standards Olympiad is an annual competition for middle school and high school students organized by The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) together with Korean Standards Association (KAS). The competition is the world's first academic Olympiad focusing on standardization and aims to raise young people's awareness of standards through a series of different activities. Seven countries from different continents participated in the competition including Japan Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Peru and South Korea.
There were 36 Korean teams and 9 international teams from middle school division and high school division that passed the preliminary round. Rwanda was represented by KAMANDA Ange Pascale (me) from Gashora Girls Academy Science and technology, NTWALI Ivan Valery from Petit Seminaire de Rwesero and MUHIRE Beni from Nu-Vision High School who were selected through national competition organized by Rwanda Standards Board (RSB).
The competition started at 9:00 am, and all teams were given same task of lighting (3) rooms of your choice in a house with a simple technology in such a way the light intensity can be adjusted to the room occupant's needs, from low, dim to bright light.(the task given to middle school students was different). Materials were provided to us and we had to come up with an innovative idea of how to use the provided materials and achieve results.
The 1st round was to solve the project task assigned, and on the second round, we had to submit a portfolio and make an oral presentation of the standardization output. It wasn't easy for us because it was our first time to see some of the materials. Nevertheless, we managed to win the silver medal of out of four prizes: Grand Prix, Gold medal, Silver medal and Bronze medal.
The international standards Olympiad was not only a competition but also a potter that shaped my mind to really understand a standardized Rwanda we are creating. This bring me to the products our industries are producing, the services provided, and education we are getting. Industries, companies, and institutions in Rwanda should be able to meet high standards to be able to compete internationally.
Special thanks to the GGAST administration, RSB, teacher Osbert, and teacher Bosco for their support including my science fair teammate Uwase Belyse and Keza Audrey.