Ghana Becomes The First African Country to Partake In World Aerospace Competition

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The world through the United Nations celebrate world youths on every 12th August since the year 2000 and create awareness on the role young people play in the development of Nations and the world at large tackling grave challenges confronting societies.

The theme for this year’s International Youth Day was Youth Engagement for Global Action and sought to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the Local, National and International levels is enriching multilateral institutions and processes as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutions can be significantly enhanced.

During this year’s International Youth Day, Young Aviators Group (YAG) through the CEO, Seth Konadu Awuah and Media Partner Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC News) organized a Live Panelist Youth Discussion via zoom in relation to the theme for the celebration in partnership with Goldstar Air, Ed Acme, Western North Youth Foundation, Nana Akua Afriyie Busia Foundation.

Young Aviators, Ghana is a group of young men and women including Certified and Aspiring Pilots, Aerospace Engineers, Flight Dispatchers, Cabin Crew and others with a vision to provide the platform for empowering, unearthing and unleashing aviation potentials for the Next Generation of Ghanaian Aviation Professionals.

Panelists included youths who have demonstrated a lot of achievements in Education, Governance and Leadership, Health and Entrepreneurship.

Mac Sarbah-Ghanaian US-based Entrepreneur and Harvard Innovative Thinker

Dr. David Tetteh-Pharmacist and Founder, Western North Foundation

Eunice Eleanor – Commonwealth Youth Council Africa and Europe Representative

Kenneth Gyamerah – Educationist         Nana Akua Afriyie Busia – Ghanaian Youth Activist

Ms. Anita E. Asamoah – Public Health Epidemiologist

Theophilus Sampah (Host Presenter, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation).

The Deputy CEO, National Youth Authority Mr. Nelson Owusu Ansah along with the YAG CEO- Seth Konadu Awuah were hosted on Uniq FM prior to International Youth Day on the 10th of August 2020.

In the submission of the CEO, Young Aviators Group he emphasized on the need for the right investments in the youth to yield its demographic dividends. He often quotes Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan “that any country that fails to invest in the youth severs its lifeline”.

He also indicated that Young Aviators Ghana has been given the franchise to organize the Real World Design Challenge Competition in Ghana, the first African country to participate in the competition with countries like USA, CHINA, INDIA, CANADA and PHILIPINES.

The Real-World Design Challenge is an annual Competition for High School students between grades 9 to 12 which can be likened to JHS 3 to SHS 3 in Ghana. With the help of both local and international mentors, students solve real world engineering problems focused on bringing a real work environment into the classroom. The program is tailored to real industry standards. The students have real tools, play real roles, work on real problem and make a real contribution. The final 10 teams will represent Ghana at the International Competition.

For the 2020/2021 challenge year students have been asked to design an Unmanned Aircraft Systems(UAS), create a theory of operation and develop a business plan for commercial operations of the system to participate in both National and International Competitions.

Classes for the boot camp has been scheduled for the month of October to November 2020 for 8weeks online via zoom application. Teams of 3-7 from some selected Senior High Schools will learn how to design a plane using the latest Professional Engineering Software. They apply Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills learnt in school while employing the Engineering process. Teams develop technical writing skills by documenting their wok in an 80-page Engineering Design Notebook which is evaluated by professional engineers.

With training and support from mentors, students learn the technical elements of plane design such as team composition, division of labor and engagement, system design, mission planning and capabilities, conceptual, preliminary and detailed design, aerodynamic characterization, selection of system components, aircraft geometric design and details, systems of operational considerations, components of complete flight such as vehicle weight and balance, maneuver analysis and the development and testing of CAD models. They also learn to make a business case for their system such as amortizing system costs, market assessment, cost-benefit analysis and justification and identification of alternative commercial applications.

They learn to do presentations that are scored based on organization, presentation skills, design process, technical understanding, effective use of mentors, design viability and business case development. Winners of the National Competition will receive cash and Educational prizes including a trip to the United States and a $50,000 Scholarship for each member of the International winning team

The launching of the competition is scheduled to take place on 30th September,2020 at Airport City in Accra and expected to bring various stakeholders in the Aviation Sector including Government, Airlines, Air travel Operators, Academia, students etc. The launching will also be a platform to raise corporate sponsorships to support the entire National Competition to the International level. Registration of teams already began from 1st August, 2020 and expected to end on 30th September 2020.

Interested students and schools who want to participate should contact the CEO

Young Aviators Group on 0542836136 for call or WhatsApp

Email to youngaviatorsgh@gmail.com or

Log onto www.realworldesignchallenge.org or

Follow Young Aviators Ghana on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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