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Jamaica College Robotics Team Wins NYC FIRST Robotics Regional Championship Connect Award

Written by Delano George Bell

The Jamaica College Robotics Team won the 2017 NYC FIRST Robotics Regional (FRC) Championship Connect Award this week. Overall the team won four trophies. Established in 2009 by the JC New York Chapter of the school’s old boys association, the Jamaica College Robotics Club aims to inspire the young men and stir their interest in the field of technology, from as young as 1st form (7th grade). The young men on the JC Robotics team have to potential to become Jamaica’s future engineers, scientists and computer programmers. The Jamaica College Robotics Team is supported by corporate sponsors, the school’s alumni associations and donations.

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an international high school robotics competition. Each year, teams of high school students and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots that weigh up to 120 pounds (54 kg). Robots complete tasks such as scoring balls into goals, flying discs into goals, inner tubes onto racks, hanging on bars, and balancing robots on balance beams. The game changes yearly, keeping the excitement fresh and giving each team a more level playing field. While teams are given a standard set of parts, they are also allowed a budget and encouraged to buy or make specialized parts. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is one of four robotics competition programs organized by FIRST, the other three being FIRST Lego League Jr. (Jr. FLL), FIRST Lego League (FLL), and the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC).

FRC has a unique culture, built around two values. Gracious Professionalism embraces the competition inherent in the program, but rejects trash talk and chest-thumping, instead embracing empathy and respect for other teams. Coopertition emphasizes that teams can cooperate and compete at the same time. The goal of the program is to inspire students to be science and technology leaders.

In 2016, the 25th year of competition, 3128 teams with roughly 75,000 students and 19,000 mentors from 24 countries built robots. They competed in 53 Regional Competitions, 65 District Qualifying Competitions, and 8 District Championships. 600 teams won slots to attend the FIRST Championship, where they competed in a tournament. In addition to on-field competition, teams and team members competed for awards recognizing entrepreneurship, creativity, engineering, industrial design, safety, controls, media, quality, and exemplifying the core values of the program.

Most teams reside in the United States, with Canada, Israel, and Mexico contributing significant numbers of teams.

Photo/Information Source: JCOBANY, Wikipedia

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Delano George Bell