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Jamaica College wins Inspire award at robotics competition

Published:Monday | March 25, 2013
Members of the Jamaica College robotics team show off their robot and engineering notebook to Michele English, president and chief operating officer of Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited. Flow is one of a number of corporate sponsors for the team. - Contributed

Jamaica College Robotics Club recently returned from New York, where the team competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Competition. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organisation with the mission of transforming modern culture by celebrating science and technology and encouraging more students to be interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematicseducation. The contest challenged student-designed-built-and-operated robotsto fetch plastic rings and hang them on a rack.

Not only did the 10-member senior team earned a place to be one of 160 teams to compete in the World Championships in St Louis, Missouri, in April, they also won the Inspire award. The award recognises a team that not only is a strong competitor on the field, but also sets an outstanding example through the conduct of its members in showing team spirit and gracious professionalism towards other teams.