PORT OF SPAIN – Three pupils of Presentation College, Chaguanas, placed 16th out of a field of 163 at the inaugural FIRST Global International High School Robotics Challenge in Washington DC on Tuesday.
The team comprised of Form Five pupils Avidesh Marajh (team representative and programmer), Fahad Hosein (team captain and driver), and Josef Gonzalez (driver).
The team was one of ten representing countries from the Caribbean.
Team Trinidad and Tobago and Team Guyana were the only two from the Caribbean to place in the top 20, with Guyana placing tenth.
Marajh, Hosein and Josepf won four of their six matches, defeating seasoned robotics teams like the USA and Russia.
A profile of the team posted on the FIRST Global website introduced the teenagers and their mentors to the world.
“Robotics is a new and developing arena in Trinidad and Tobago. Competing at the First Global Robotics Competition 2017 is an opportunity to grow and expand our horizons in Robotics. We look forward to meeting, interacting and learning with the global community”, the team stated.
The FIRST Global organization is a US-based not-for-profit group whose goal is to generate interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and to drive youth to innovate and create technology-led solutions for global social issues such as access to clean water.