The Jamaica College Robotics Team won 4 awards at an international high school competition.
Held last month in Manhattan, the 2017 NYC FIRST Robotics Regional (FRC) Championship is an international high school robotics competition dubbed a “varsity sport for the mind”, as it combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.
In the competition, teams are made up of a minimum 25 students and mentors, which are given a standard set of parts, a budget, and six-weeks to build game-playing robots that can perform such tasks as scoring balls into goals, flying discs into goals, hanging on bars, and balancing on balance beams.
600 teams representing 24 countries competed in the competition, with The Jamaica College Robotics Team being the only Caribbean representatives.
In the end, the team walked away with 4 awards trophies that include the Inspire Award, the Motivator Award, and the Regional Connect Award.
Of the honors, president and captain of the team, Dimario Campbell, said his team put in a lot of hard work and is proud that they have “not only represented Jamaica College but Jamaica and the Caribbean”.
The Jamaica College Robotics Club aims to inspire boys and young men to pursue careers in technology, and its Robotics Team is supported by corporate sponsors, the school’s alumni associations and donations.