Thursday, January 18, 2018

Team T&T 16th at Global Robotics Challenge

Team T&T members Josef Gonzalez, left, Fahad Hosein, sixth from left, Avidesh Marajh, fourth from right, and mentor Daniel Ramsook, fifth from left, pose with other members of their travelling party at the FIRST Global International High School Robotics Challenge in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

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 D.C. 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.

“Fahad Hosein, our team captain is a diligent science student who aspires to become a mechanical engineer, taking interest in all areas of innovation and technology. A hardworking young man, Fahad is one of the top students at the College making him the obvious choice to lead the team by the qualities he displays.

Members of Team T&T are engaged in battle during the FIRST Global International High School Robotics Challenge in Washington D.C., USA.

Avidesh and Josef are both classmates of Fahad. Excellent students and sportsmen, they have both been part of the national badminton teams of Trinidad and Tobago, making them well-rounded students. Both students are very competent in the areas of technology and computer programming, seeking to become the very best in the fields of their choosing.

Daniel Ramsook, the co-mentor of the team of the team, is a Physics teacher at the College with a background in oilfield services. A tenacious young man, he pushes his students to excel in whatever they put their efforts into.

Shastri Ram, the official mentor of our team is one of the brightest minds in the country having been awarded the prize for the Best Student in the country a few years ago (2011 President's Medal winner, and currently Master's student in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University). He is heavily involved in the field of robotics and is the driving force behind Team Trinidad and Tobago”.

Also assisting in the mentorship was Vikash Marajh, a biomedical engineering student at King's College in London, the Express was told.

“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.

All eyes are on the robot as Team T&T squares off against its competitors at the FIRST Global International High School Robotics Challenge in Washington D.C.

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.

FIRST Global organizes a yearly international robotics challenge to ignite a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among the more than two billion youths across the world. The not-for-profit public charity provides the framework for an “olympics”-style robotics challenge where one team from every nation is invited to participate in a global robotics event that builds bridges between high school students with different backgrounds, languages, religions, and customs.

Team T&T's robot, which earned the country a creditable 16th place finish at the FIRST Global International High School Robotics Challenge in Washington D.C.

By bringing these future STEM leaders together in an engaging and collaborative competition that drives home the importance, excitement, and applicability of STEM education, FIRST Global inspires students to learn the skills they will need to make the discoveries their parents and grandparents would consider miracles, impossibilities, or just plain science fiction, the website stated.