(EMU) – St. Kitts, July 17, 2017: Team St. Kitts and Nevis travelled to Washington DC on Friday, 14th July, to participate in their first ever robotics competition in the United States hosted by FIRST Global. Before they embarked on their journey they paid a courtesy visit to the Permanent Secretary in Education, Vincent Hodge. He conveyed best wishes to the contingent and their advisor on behalf of the Minister of Education, Hon. Shawn Richards and the entire Ministry. “We were very willing to assist with funding to purchase outfits and to assist with travel expenses,” Mr. Hodge declared as he addressed the contingent. He expressed his gratification with the group and the work they have done so far. “You are the future of our country and I am especially proud,” he assured.
The innovative team consists of students from the Information Technology Department of the Technical Vocational Education and Management Studies at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College.
They are, Jervik Lapsley – Engineer, Jermellia Henry - Spokesperson, Zhavier Shaw - Programmer and Dr. Ricardo Neil- Advisor.
Team St. Kitts and Nevis is the first country from the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to participate in the competition. The team members are hoping that this opportunity will provide them with the necessary experience need to take on other challenges.
At the end of round four on Tuesday 18th team St. Kitts and Nevis ranked #34 among 163 countries. Throughout the competition the team advance as high as rank #5. Rounds 5 and 6 are slated to take place on Tuesday afternoon, with the closing ceremony to immediately follow.
FIRST Global organizes a yearly international robotics challenge to ignite a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among the more than two billion youths across the world. By bringing these future STEM leaders together in an engaging and collaborative competition that drives home the importance, excitement, and applicability of STEM education, it provides the framework for an “Olympics”-style robotics challenge.
Competition is currently being held in Washington DC at the George Washington University from 15th – 18th July.