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NCB Foundation Backs JC Robotics team

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Members of the Jamaica College (JC) Robotics Club proudly show their award-winning robot to amused JC alum Stuart Reid (right), NCB Foundation director, and Dave Wilson (second left), NCB branch manager, Matilda’s Corner, at a recent visit to the school to meet with club members after their return from the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship.
From left: Gavin Samuels, team mentor and coach; Dave Wilson, NCB branch manager at its Matilda’s Corner location; Shumba Brown, head of programming; Romar Peart, marketing manager; Andrew Pitkin, dean of discipline and faculty adviser, Jamaica College; Gavin Smith, club president; Carlos Spaulding, vice-president; and Stuart Reid, NCB Foundation director, are pictured moments after experimenting with the Jamaica College Robotics Club creation.
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NCB representatives and past students recently visited Jamaica College to meet with club members of the school's robotics club after their return from the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Challenge (FIRST) Tech Challenge World Championship. The club made history by being among the one per cent of entrants in the FIRST Tech Challenge to make it to the World Championship, placing 43rd out of 128 teams.

FIRST is an international initiative aimed at promoting STEM education and careers, an ongoing thrust of the Ministry of Education in Jamaica. Members of the Jamaica College Robotics Club proudly showcased their award-winning robot to the NCB Foundation team during the visit. NCB Foundation partnered with the club to provide resources for the competition, as well as carry out its campaign to promote robotics.