CONGRATS: JAMAICA COLLEGE (JC) team heads to New York for robotics competition

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com  Monday, February 12, 2018

Members of the Jamaica College junior
 robotics team (from left): Joel Henry,
Gavil Williams, Myles Johnson,
 Xavier Howell and Aaron Gooden
 pause for a photo with their
robot. (Photos: Garfield Robinson) 
THE Jamaica College (JC) robotics team is fired up and ready to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge in New York on Thursday.
A competitor since 2009, JC won the challenge in 2013 and are looking to medal this time around.
Members of the Jamaica College senior
robotics team (from left) Nathan Campbell,
 David Smith, Daniel Palmer, Jevaughn
Thompson, Aiden Picart, and Chavaugh
 Wilkins fine-tune their robot at
 the school recently. 
FIRST Tech Challenge teams are invited to design, build, programme, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills and practise engineering principles, like keeping an engineering notebook, while realising the value of hard work, innovation and sharing ideas.
Teams must also raise funds, design and market their team's brand, and participate in community outreach. Participants have access to millions of dollars in college scholarships and each season concludes with super-regional championships and a FIRST championship.
President of the JC robotics club Javaughn Thompson told the Jamaica Observerthat, over the two years he has been part of the club, he has seen exceptional growth among his team members. more