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Samuel Urah Yahaya
Samuel Urah Yahaya

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Back to Back ~ My Experience after winning the Axia Tech Challenge AGAIN

The journey with the Axia Tech Challenge, organized by Axia Hub, has been nothing short of extraordinary. Since its inception in 2022, this challenge has sparked a fire in students, igniting a passion for self-sustainability through programming.

As you might already know, Peakfield Academy, Jos clinched victory in the Axia Tech Challenge 2.0. What makes this win even more captivating is that Peakfield also emerged triumphant in the inaugural edition (1.0) back in 2022. (And yes, I can’t help but express my joy about winning again! 😀)

The Story Unfolds

Image of the team

I had the privilege of being part of the team that represented Peakfield in this challenge. The experience was transformative, exploring deep into Python and exploring its ins and outs to enhance our problem-solving skills. While we focused on Python, the experience felt like unlocking a world of new possibilities, making it an exciting adventure. Now, I may be a bit biased here, but hey, it’s my blog, right?

The competition was not just about winning; it was a deliberate effort to train and empower students. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the learning process. It got me thinking — if coding were a formal subject in schools, we could potentially witness a surge in students generating ground-breaking ideas, perhaps grooming the next Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, or even Jeff Bezos.

Well, learning Python was a delightful journey. The competition not only opened my mind to the technological aspects of life but also enriched my understanding of real-world problem-solving. Our ICT Instructor at Peakfield, Mr. Alfred Lasisi, took a unique approach. He encouraged us to embark on a journey of self-discovery, allowing us to pursue knowledge independently.

This strategy, in contrast to the guided approach in the first edition, aimed to foster research skills and push us towards greatness. And guess what? It worked brilliantly. Each participant became a self-groomed explorer of knowledge, and Mr. Alfred’s unconventional approach not only made us proficient problem solvers but also instilled in us a sense of autonomy and the drive to strive for excellence.

Under his guidance, we weren’t just solving challenges; we were evolving into individuals ready to face the complexities of the ever-changing world. The journey of self-discovery wasn’t just a means to an end; it became the cornerstone of our growth and success in the Axia Tech Challenge.
Kudos to Mr. Lasisi for steering us towards the path of greatness! 🌟

Python, with its versatility, proved to be an incredible language. This year’s challenge focused on leveraging Python skills to address climate change-related issues and propose viable solutions. Initially challenging, especially as I hadn’t fully applied my Python skills to real-world problems, the tide turned during training. I not only implemented solutions but also bridged the gap between coding skills and real-world applications.

The competition wasn’t just about winning a trophy; it became a stepping stone in preparing for broader technological opportunities like job interviews and larger hackathons. With the rate at which the world is evolving, equipping the younger generation with the right skills is necessary and important for a brighter future.

Being in a team

Image of the team representing Peakfield Academy

Collaborating with Gerald Justice (Boy at the center) and Petra Sanjo-Ibikunle (Girl from the right) in the Axia Tech Challenge was nothing short of extraordinary. As a team, we brought diverse skills, ideas, and perspectives to the table, creating a synergy that fuelled our success. Gerald's analytical prowess and Petra's creative problem-solving complemented my proficiency in Python programming {Well, I guess at this level now 😅}

The journey began with strategic planning and effective communication. We huddled together to dissect each challenge, leveraging our individual strengths to develop comprehensive solutions. Petra's innovative thinking injected a fresh perspective into our problem-solving approach, while Gerald's meticulous attention to detail ensured the accuracy of our solutions.

Mr. Alfred Lasisi's unique teaching approach encouraged us to be self-groomed explorers of knowledge, and this philosophy translated seamlessly into our teamwork. We embraced a collaborative spirit, fostering an environment where each team member's contribution was valued. It wasn't just about solving challenges; it was about evolving into a cohesive unit ready to navigate the complexities of the Axia Tech Challenge.

The power of collaboration truly shone during the competition. Gerald, Petra, and I seamlessly integrated our skills, creating a dynamic team that thrived under pressure. We navigated through Python, brainstormed innovative solutions, and supported each other through the ups and downs of the challenge.

Kudos to Gerald for his analytical brilliance and Petra for her creative insights. Together, we transformed challenges into opportunities, and the camaraderie we developed became the cornerstone of our success. This Back-to-Back victory is a testament to the strength of teamwork and the limitless possibilities it unlocks.

In Conclusion

As I reflect on this Back-to-Back victory, it’s not just about the trophies on the shelf. It’s about the skills gained, the challenges overcome, and the doors opened to a world of endless possibilities. The Axia Tech Challenge has been a beacon of growth and learning, and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me next.

Here’s to the entire Axia Hub team — a collective force driving innovation and excellence in the ever-growing field of technology! Also to my wonderful instructor at Peakfield Academy, Jos, Mr. Alfred Lasisi for setting us on the right path.

Why write an article on winning without showing myself receiving a prize 😂… Also, the other participants received this honorary award… just in case

Image of me receiving an award

Stay tuned for more adventures in the world of tech and learning!

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