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Ability to build and assemble a robot helps a student to proffer solution to an identified problem within the environment. It also stimulates critical thinking in students to identify a challenge and think out-of-the-box for immediate and technology based solution. Speaking at the grand finale of the Y2021 Robotic Competition for public Secondary Schools in Lagos State, at NECA House, Alausa, Ikeja, the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo noted that the annual competition which is keenly contested is an initiative of the State Government poised towards promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics education in Lagos Schools. She added that over the years students through this platform have represented the state at national and international competitions. Mrs. Adefisayo affirmed her amazement at the level of creativity exhibited in robotic assemblage by team of students from participating schools across the State. According to her ‘’I sincerely appreciate the enormous creativity displayed by the students especially how the students made robots perform specific tasks’’. She concluded that “With the performance and various presentations of our students, I can attest that the future is assured and exceedingly great for them” She assured the students further “As a government, we have provided a conducive atmosphere for our students and will not relent in fulfilling our mandate of ensuring our children are 21st century inclined” she said. Ojo Senior High School, Ojo, emerged the overall champion at the grand finale of Y2021 State Finals Robotics Competition beating Ajeromi Ifelodun Senior High School and Epe Senior Grammar School, Epe to the second and third positions respectively. In the junior category, Igbo Owu Junior Secondary School, Mushin, Oriwu Junior Model College, Ikorodu, and Lagos State Junior Model College, Igbookuta clinched the first, second and third positions respectively. Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja attributed the various initiatives and programmes under the education sector to the Governor of Lagos, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, stressing on his efforts in integrating education with technology through the THEMES Agenda. Mrs. Grace Akinfoyewa, Director, Science and Technology highlighted that Y2021 Robotics State Finals started with keenly contested competition among over one hundred schools. This involved intra and inter districts preliminaries which later produced 24 schools to battle at the grand finale. The six school finalists will represent the state at the national finals in Abuja.