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High-school students graduate from camp

Published:Monday | August 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Sheldon Williams, Staff Reporter

Seventy high-school students who participated in the Kimroy Bailey Science, Robotics and Renewable Energy Summer Camp at the University of Technology graduated recently.

There were two summer camps held between July 7-11 and July 21-25. The young participants showcased their innovations at the awards ceremony along with a locally made wind turbine, a mini solar unit and a wide array of robotics projects.

With the camp divided into two components, Mondays to Wednesdays, robotics was prioritised and renewable energy was the main focus on Thursdays and Fridays.

The objective of the camp was to serve as a benchmarking platform to spark the interest of the students and passion in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Innovator Bailey noted that for the appreciation of robotics to increase, there are certain things that need to be prioritised and be made more available.

"In my estimation, we need two pivotal things to move our country forward: we need energy on a national basis, and we need to manufacture. We need to make things for the IMF (International Monetary Fund) to make sense, and through that robotics was born," he noted.

Bailey encouraged the participants to apply the knowledge they have acquired in their daily activities.

"Students you have come out, you have done your part, we have sown the seed. I beg of you to go out there and give it your best shot. Apply it in classes, do all that you can do, keep pushing, keep dreaming, keep asking those questions that will make the instructor pause before he answers," he said.