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Jamaica College adds robotics club

Published:Wednesday | March 23, 2011 | 12:00 AM

AS part of enriching the experience and developing the science and engineering capacity of Jamaica, Jamaica College (JC) has added the robotics club as a co-curricular activity available to all students.

The programme, which was introduced in 2009, was initiated by the old boys' association in New York.

The programme is primarily geared at inspiring interest in science and engineering through participation in the annual US First Tech Challenge in New York annually. JC participated in the event earlier this month.

In preparation for this competition, teams are given basic metals and controllers along with small motors from which they are required to fabricate a robot capable of playing a predefined game.

Team competition

A new game is released each year in September, and teams across the world are required to build and programme the robot capable of playing the game in two modes: autonomous, where the robot is not controlled; and TeleOp, where the robot movements and tasks are controlled by a gamepad controller. This year's game was for the robot to fetch some small pipes from a dispenser and score them into different goals for points. Balancing and manoeuvring obstacles were part of scoring.