President Japheth Clarke in a pensive mood
His eyes danced with merriment. He leant foreward eagerly as he rattled off the history of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) the organization behind the robotics program. Japheth Clarke, the President of the Jamaica College Robotics Club, could easily be the voice for the program.
Clarke spoke proudly of the Robotics Team which consists of: Gavin Smith President elect, Chris-Anthony Pinnock Chief Programmer, Josh-Asher Fray Chief CAD Leader, David Morrison Chief Screwer and Onari Cowan, Shaval Smith and Rushane Lammie who are Engineers.
The junior engineers are putting on the finishing touch.
Work is never done; not even when it seems to be.
The Club consists of two teams which will travel to the United States this year from February 27 to March 9, to participate in the annual competition.
Although he expressed concern about the length of time it takes for them to receive the resource kit, which is usually shipped from the United States, and the limited resources they have at their disposal, Clarke is very pleased with what they have accomplished. Naturally, he wishes that they had the money to acquire the materials they really need.
The Club has tried different methods to raise money for their projects. They have had Toll Days, Bumper Stickers, Robotics Game Day and Blue Rush. They expressed sincere gratitude to their sponsors: Mr. R. Danny Williams, Mr. Michael Campbell, Fly Jamaica, Mr. Michael Bernard, Mother’s, Wata, Areotel, JC Foundation, Flow, Columbus Business Solution and the JC P.T.A.
Mrs. Rudolph-Blake, Faculty Advisor, has their ears
According to Clarke, the team is improving each year as they have moved from 65 out of 74 in their first year, to third in year three. Last year they went to St. Louis where they won the Judge’s Award. This year’s game is the “Block Party”. The objective is to create a robot that can collect blocks, store them in a crate and lift itself off the ground. Having done that, Japheth Clarke voiced the dream of his team, “We want to win everything!” He no doubt had a sip of the school’s spirit- Jamaica College # 1. We want to wish them all the best on their trip. May they always remember:-
Fervet Opus in Campis – Work is burning in the fields!
Author: Marjorie Wright
Photos contributed by: Dwayne K. Smith