Extending thanks to First Global and The Dubai Future Foundation
On day three (3) of the event, the St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team had some setbacks due to their alliance’s performance. However, the team showed outstanding performance in manoeuvring their robot. These setbacks occurred when other member alliances experienced difficulties. The St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team, however, displayed great resilience and remained determined to deliver excellent performance. The team was matched with ten (10) team alliances and performed exceptionally in seven (7) matches by taking the lead among the alliance members. The most outstanding match was with the alliance team member countries Venezuela, and Central African Republic. This match was a turning point for the St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team. The team was able to work together to produce a victory against the opposing alliance members Ireland, Suriname and south Africa. These countries formed what is called the Blue alliance. That big win gave the team a boost of confidence in the other teams and caused them to approach the other matches with surety. The St Kitts and Nevis Robotics team was then placed in an alliance with Puerto Rico and Moldova against Liberia, Sao Tome & Principle and Mali.
The St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team was also able to work well with this alliance which caused them to create a record score at First Global in that category. This is a remarkable achievement for the St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team.
Awards for Performance
The St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team displayed outstanding performance and was presented with four (4) awards. Two (2) awards for engineering, one for participation and the other for outstanding performance in the OECS.
Integrating St Kitts and Nevis into First Global Community
There is so much to celebrate for the St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team this year. Dr. Neil has reiterated that the programme is not just about giving the students a one time exposure but to have the team integrated into the First Global community. This is the reason why past St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team members are now a part of First Global Robotics Challenge as Referees. IITAE Ltd. wishes to say congratulations to Ms. Jermelia Henry and Mr. Jervik Lapsley for having accomplished this. Congratulations must also be extended to Mr. Zhavier Shaw for his promotion to Mentor for the St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team. He has shown the ability to lead a team and work with them closely to complete the tasks at hand. Because he is an alumnus of the St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team, he was the perfect fit to fulfil the role as mentor. Once again, IITAE Ltd. extends congratulations to Mr. Shaw and wishes him all the best for the future.
Thanks to the First Global Robotics Team and the Dubai Future Foundation
The St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team wishes to extend thanks to all the teams competed with and against. Most of all, the team wishes to thank First Global and the Dudai’s Future Foundation for their concerted effort to ensure that the time spent in Dudai was incomparable. To the Intercontinental Hotel and staff, they wish to say thank you for your level of professionalism and top notch accommodations. Dr. Neil expressed how pleased he was with the world class cuisine and one of a kind customer service. The rooms were nothing less than 5 star quality. Last but not least, we want to extend thanks to our First Global Dubai Ambassador. Dr. Neil stated that he was an inspiration and the epitome of effective teamsmanship. He ensured that we were comfortable and well accommodated .
Future of the St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team
Dr. Neil has expressed that the St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team has remained persistent in its effort to continue to expose St Kitts and Nevis to the world as an ambassadorial team, in addition to winning the First Global Robotics Competition. He also continued to say that as a result of all the journeys, travel and connections, he has future plans for all the secondary schools in the Federation to be exposed to Robotics. He stated that this will emphasize the need for STEM as a major part of the school’s curriculum. Plans to have the Federation’s first local robotics competition in 2020-1 and by 2020- 2 extending to the OECS. Taking lessons from those experiences will lead St Kitts and Nevis to host its first Caribbean Robotics Competition (2023 – 4 ) inviting all Caribbean countries to participate. IITAE Ltd. is committed to ensuring such a vision becomes a reality. IITAE Ltd. also wishes to say thanks to all those who followed the matches and cheered on the St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team.
Caribbean Top Performers
St. Vincent and Grenadines excelled as a first-time competitors. The St. Kitts and Nevis Robotics Team extends congratulations to them. They performed exceptionally well this year. We hope to see them in the 2020 matches. Congratulations must also be extended to Guyana for receiving the Albert Einstein Award for engineering. See you guys 2020.