A dedicated group of three Cayman International Students will be foregoing part of their March break to attend the Jamaican National FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics competition from March 7th to March 10th at Jamaica College in Kingston, Jamaica. FIRST is an organization that sponsors robotics competitions around the world to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders and innovators.
Caylem Hill, Jack Mcgregor, and Carl Abbott, along with their Teacher/Coach Jeff Szeryk have been working hard on their robot since November to take part in the FTC Rover Ruckus which challenges the students to build a robot that completes certain tasks with alliance members in a 12 ft by 12 ft field. This year's theme is based on a rover landing on an unknown planet and sampling the surrounding minerals and area. They are scored on completing tasks such as detaching from the "Lunar Lander," sampling minerals, and returning them to the lander. They have had to engineer and document their build over the course of several months and are excited to attend this event.
The Dart Minds Inspired program is also hosting the first ever FTC competition in the Cayman Islands on Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 PM in the ARC. This event, based on the same Rover Ruckus competition hosted by Jamaica College, is sponsored by Aureum Re, CUC, Digicel, and Health City Cayman. In addition, the FIRST Global Robotics Competition will be held in Dubai from October 3rd to 5th and the Cayman team will be selected from the schools participating in the local competition.