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The FIRST Robotics Club was formed to inspire high school students to be science and technology leaders and to pursue higher education and careers. It also engages students to cultivate engineering and technological skills through innovative thinking.

The Jamaica College Robotics Club recently returned from New York, where the team competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Competition. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization with the mission of transforming modern culture by celebrating science and technology and encouraging more students to be interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The contest challenged student-designed-built-and-operated robots to fetch plastic rings and hangs them on a rack.

Not only did the 10-member senior team earned a place to be one of 160 teams to compete in the World Championships in St Louis, Missouri, in April, they also won the Inspire award. The award recognizes a team that not only is a strong competitor on the field, but also sets an outstanding example through the conduct of its members in showing team spirit and gracious professionalism towards other teams.

COACH

Coach's Report

Jason BrownCoach’s Report

New Beginnings…Yikes!

“Mr. Brown, we want you to work with the Robotics Club!” A statement so simple became the start of what would be an interested yet fulfilling journey. As an employee of Jamaica College I was aware of the fact that there was a Robotics Club but given that the club was not knew I was very ignorant to the details and intricacies of this society, yes, society! At first I was a bit hesitant to accept the invitation because of the various variables working against me, namely; the nature of my job, furthering my studies and extra- curricular commitments BUT I said YES!

Awkward

Entering this new situation for the first time perception was a big challenge as I wondered how I would be perceived and I’m sure the gentlemen would have felt like everything is perfect and okay with the existing structure and operations. Honestly, I was terrified! Over time the awkward introductory stage became less awkward as goals, objectives and expectations were communicated on both parts, understanding each other would have played a vital role in moving forward.

Bonding

          Over the months the gentlemen grew on me, I consider them to be my sons. It was important that the right environment was created to facilitate optimum productivity. I ensured that was as present as possible in every step of the process, from conceptualizing, to building, to testing and executing. Some days were for meeting, strategizing, advice on happening in life, school and pending university woes while some days were just for chilling and having lunch together…my treat of course! It was through this process of bonding that I realized the levels of intelligence and smartness housed in this young individuals.

 

New Vision – Brilliance!

It took limited time for me to realize that the team was very independent and stubborn, a rare mix…lol.Approaching the 2016/17 Programme season, the majority of my contact time with the gentlemen were centered around mentoring the team in many ways, such as; mending friendships on the brink of collapsing, defusing hostile situations, culturing a habit of rationally discussing and working through heated exchanges, providing and sourcing business contacts amongst other things. It didn’t take me long to realize that both teams consisted of naturally talented and smart gentlemen who formed world class teams. They were both very different in some ways but very much the same in a lot more ways. They were both hungry to win and as you can imagine, this cause several instances of contention between the teams over parts…working space…new ideas and executions. I would often boast to other Teachers and friend who the gentlemen were incredibly talented and driven men who willing to put in all the work necessary.

 

…and the winner is…

ME…THEM…US! Working with these gentlemen as their coach has been a life-changing experience! The highs, the lows, the stationary moments are all appreciated. The frustrations of waiting for parts, the highs of creating a code and having it work perfectly, the joys of watching the robot move coupled with the stares of excitement from the gentlemen have made this experience for me. Of course I am looking forward to my first, FIRST Tech challenge with the gentlemen. Of course I want them to win and reap the benefits of their hard work and sleepless nights, but even before all that happens, I feel like I have won knowing that the gentlemen committed to the task and did their best in their preparations. I AM PROUD!

 

Let’s Wrap UP!

In summary, I would like to express my sincere thanks and acknowledgement of the excellent work and contribution of the executive officers and members of the Jamaica College Robotics Club for helping to make it one of the best clubs aroundin Jamaica with some of the most promising gentlemen that society will have the benefit of collaborating with. One Team, One Dream!

 

 

TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

Dimario Campbell

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Dimario Campbell is currently an upper 6th form student at Jamaica College and is the current captain for team 3981 “The Griffins”. He has been a part of the FTC Programme since 2012 and has allowed the Robotics program to sustain and become the best club in the school. Dimario has been a member of Jamaica College since 2010.He is also responsible for the tremendous development in the various departments of the club.Demario Campbell

He not only made the club known to a lot of people in his school, but he has made the Jamaica College Robotics Club known throughout other schools across the island. As this his is last year, he plans to leave a permanent mark on the club. Although it is the norm for people a part of the club to leave and pursue degrees in a field of engineering, Dimario considers himself the black sheep of the club as he seeks to venture into the International Relations field along with a minor in Japanese. He doesn’t talk much but when he does it’s always something inspiring or motivating to make his team members work harder in pursuit of achieving our goals. Being a part of the Robotics program makes him feel like he’s one step closer to fulfilling his dream. With his fiery passion towards the club and his years of experience, there is nobody else suitable to lead The Griffins to victory this year. One of his favorite quotes is:                                        

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

 

 

Carlos Spaulding

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Carlos Spaulding is currently a Upper Sixth member of The Jamaica College Sixth form Association. This academic year, 2016- 2017, this is his fourth year in the Robotics Club and this year he has been placed in charge of the Marketing Department, Fundraising Coordinator and also the first Vice President for the Robotics Club. This year, managing the marketing department was not an easy task but with the help from his team members he pulled through. Over the past three (4) years he had formed a bond with the members of my team. He not only sees them as his friends but as his robotics family. This year his goal for “The Griffins” is for us to represent our Country and the Caribbean Region to the best of our abilities while we are at the competition. Spaulding has been a student at Jamaica College since 2012.Carlos Spaulding 2

Aside from his duties in the Robotics Club he is also an all rounded student and a member of the Jamaica College Prefect Body and someone who many see as a leader. In 2015 he received The Chairman’s Award for “The student who portrays high qualities in discipline, being courteous and demonstrates the capacity for sound leadership”. His hobbies are playing music, hanging with friends, driving and planning events. After Leaving Jamaica College he intends to study Computer Engineering overseas or at The University of the West Indies Jamaica His favorite quote is:

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently”.

-Warren Buffett

Rasheid Taylor

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Rasheid Taylor is currently an upper sixth former of Jamaica College and a member of several clubs and societies including: Key Club, Sixth Form Association, Computer Club and, of course, the spontaneous Robotics Club. He is, also, a prefect and a member of the student council body. He is a fun, devoted, loving and jovial person who is always optimistic about his future and is also very helpful to his peers.

He joined the Robotics Club in 2015 and since his inclusion to the junior team (BlueBots), he has continuously demonstrated these qualities in and out of the club. This consistent demonstration has led to him being appointed 2nd Vice-President. The team can always depend on him to deliver when he is called to do, what he knows best, that is, to give sound advice. He is like a fortune teller, to the engineers. He is able to identify flaws of designs and explicitly tell the pros and cons of these designs. Whenever, the team wants sound and analytical advice, Rasheid is the man. The team calls him “The Priest.” Rashied has been a student at Jamaica College since 2010. Rashied Taylor 2

Rasheid is definitely one of the key members of the club. With him being a part of the club, the entire club will surely grow because of his intuitiveness each and every day. He is always auspicious about his future and wishes to become a software engineer. In his own words, he stated, “I saw the Jamaica College Robotics Club as an avenue where I could explore my talents and also build myself as a man of stature.”  His favorite quote is:

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”  -Jim Rohn

Trivette Thompson

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Who is Trivette Thompson? Trivette is currently an Upper Sixth student attending the prestigious high school, Jamaica College. He is a die-hearted programmer and anyone who knows him can agree that he is a hard-working student. He became a part of the FTC family in 2015 and with his sights set on accomplishing his goal/s. He plans to lead “The Griffins” to victory this year. Trivette has been a student at Jamaica College since 2010.

Along with being a hard-working student, he is a sociable person who likes to communicate with people and gets to know interesting individuals. Not only is he sociable, but he is also a talented individual, enthusiastic and promotes good leadership qualities as he is a member of the prefect body, students’ council and plays a variety of sports.Trivette Thompson

When he leaves Jamaica College he plans to pursue his dream of being an aeronautical engineer/ pilot or due to his new-found love in programming, a programmer/software designer. Being a part of the Robotics program makes him one step closer to fulfilling his dream and with his keen senses he knows that success is around the corner for him and always says “Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable”. He lives by the quote:

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."

-Albert Einstein  

Akeem McKenzie

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Akeem McKenzie has been a proud member of the Jamaica College Robotics Club since 2014. He is a dedicated and hardworking individual who strives for excellence and the utmost best in his pursue for victory. He is currently a 13th grade prefect who demonstrates discipline, moral and respective behaviors to his colleagues. Akeem has been a student at Jamaica College since 2010.

His love and passion for programming has driven him to pursue Computer Science as his major at Jamaica College and to become an expert at developing skills that the normal man could not accomplish. Akeem is a very social and outgoing individual; although putting his education first he always finds time to “kickback and chill”. His hobbies include: reading, playing video games, spending quality time with his significant other, and building and programming robots.Akeem McKenzie 2

His current goal is for the team to be victorious in the FTC competition with a unique design that’s both creative and productive at the same time; having a top-notch program. In addition to programming, Akeem is also one of the technical writers for team “BlueBots”.

Akeem lives by set standards. His primary goal is to become a software engineer and to pursue his studies at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). Secondly, it is his intention to become an author. His favorite quote is:

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”

-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Nicardo Roberts

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Many persons ask the question who is that really brown youth? He is an eighteen year old Nicardo O’Dane Roberts from the strikingly beauteous island of Jamaica. He reflects a varied personality including ambition, and the qualities of generosity and indulgence. He is also a well determined and vigorous individual, yet pleasantly serene. He encourages fighting for what you desire and believe in. He believes once you believe in God and yourself anything can be achieved.  Nicardo Roberts 2

He is a full-time student, motivated by his love for learning and succeeding as he strives to become an outstanding and successful man in today’s society. His ultimate goal is becoming a successful pharmacist with his own pharmacy or chain of pharmacies in the Caribbean. He is currently completing his last year at Jamaica College and he is a marketer in the Jamaica College Robotics Club, P.R.O of Octagon club, a member of the Sixth Form Association and a former prefect.

Through his passion for advanced technology, he has embraced an interest on robotics. He want to learn more and help the club to achieve great things. One of his favorite quote is:

“The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.”

-WillRogers

 

Marcello Berry

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Growing up, Marcello has always had to fight his way through the worst of situations and if he could be described using one word, it would be a “fighter”. Who is a fighter? A fighter is one that perseveres through any challenge or obstacle that may come his/ her way and that is me that is Marcello Berry; an honored and hardworking engineer of the Jamaica College Robotics Club and a pursuer of excellence.

Marcello Berry is currently an upper 6th former of Jamaica College and a member of several clubs and sporting activities which includes: key club, robotics club, culinary Arts club, sixth form association, computer club, lawn tennis and table tennis. In addition, he is a prefect, peer counselor and a member of the student council. He is a jovial person who is always willing to work hard to achieve nothing but success in everything he does.Berry

Why engineering? Throughout his lifehe has always enjoyed the job of building new things and has always been fascinated by the technical work associated with it and getting into the Jamaica College Robotics Club was truly an amazing opportunity to continue his passion. This club gave him the chance to show case his skills as well as acquire new skills that would later be beneficial to his career as a mechanical engineer. He moved up from watching his friends being accepted over him and building new designs every day to prove himself, to becoming one of the Robotics Clubs most prized engineers.

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night.”

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow       

Marvel Francis Jr.

 

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“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Marvel Francis Jr, affectionately called “MJ”, is driven by this quote. This change, he believes, started when he entered the world on the 25th of January 1999.  Marvel has been a leader in his own way ever since.

“Dream, Believe and Achieve.” is his personal motto as he plans to further his education and also pursue a career in music. Marvel is motivated by the mistakes of his close relatives and is determined to be the first in his family to study at a university overseas.

Marvel is a valuable marketer/technical writer for the team and always does his best to represent the club and come up with brilliant ideas. He is “calm and composed”, as his teammates would say, and is never too hot-headed or high-tempered to talk to. He is, therefore, one of the easiest members to work with. Without Marvel Francis the club would be missing its core. Francis

Marvel is a talented individual who has always displayed his desire of engineering.  His only regret is that he didn’t find out about the Jamaica College Robotics Club earlier as this would have had an immense impact on his career choices. He wasted no time in gathering the necessary information, as soon as he became aware of the club. His professionalism was quickly noted by chief engineer, Onari Cowan who drafted him to the Senior Team (The Griffins). His drive to succeed is based on one of his favourite quotes

 

“Teamwork makes the dream work”.

Javaughn Thompson

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Javaughn Thompson, many would say, stands as the epitome of a true blue-blooded Jamaica College student. He will soon be appointed the chief marketing manager of the club and has made critical inputs in organizing events and helping the club raise funds. Additionally, he has done an excellent job promoting the club. He continues to play a vital role in the representation of the Robotics Club and is generally relied on to say the right words at the right time, predominantly when matters arise which may affect the club’s progress.

 

He firmly believes in team work and working cohesively to achieve a common goal. You will often find him helping out his fellow college men in whatever way he can, especially the younger gentlemen and more importantly when it comes to robotics. He is never too busy or too laid-back to lend a hand in whichever field that needs preparation for the competition.Javaghn Thompson

 

In addition, he generally keeps an open mind and is always enthused to hear different point of views and perspectives of issues as such. Because of this quality, his schoolmates deem him to be very approachable. This young man has left his mark on all the members of the Robotics Club, inspiring many of them in various ways. He sees Robotics at Jamaica College as being more than just a club and the members as more than just part takers. For him, Robotics is a lifestyle and the members are his family. His favorite quote is:

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

-Joseph Campbell

David Smith

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David is a hard working person overall, he likes to have a challenge. He enjoy working on machines and building my own things. He is also able to play instruments such as the drums, trumpet and flute. He joined robotics to be able to build more complex robots. Robotics has taught him how to work as a team with other people and listen to their ideas. He has also learned a little about programming robots during his time in robotics.

          David Smith hails from the community of Kingston in St. Andrew. He attended the St. Peter and Paul primary School and from there he progressed to the elite traditional high school, Jamaica College. Growing up he owned many r/c trucks and cars that he would disassemble and reassemble into new trucks that were better than the previous ones. The new trucks could climb stairs and other large objects.Smith

          Huis father, Lovel Smith an architect would take David to his site and I would help by moving tools. He would also teach David how to draw plans for different structures. His mom, Dianna Davis would take him to work at the bank and he would move papers from the offices and print documents. His parents also took him hiking in the Blue Mountains. They would also go camping in a forest near his aunt’s house in Georgia, USA.

          The robotics club has allowed him to get experience in my carrier of aerospace engineering and this I am thankful for. David’s favorite quote is:

“What counts can’t always be counted; what can be counted doesn’t always count.”

   -Albert Einstein

 

Javan Johnson

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Javan Johnson is currently a lower sixth form student at Jamaica College. He is a relatively new member to the team, as he was recruited as an engineer/ C.A.D personnel. He has displayed excellent leadership qualities in the little time he has been on the team and has future plans to lead the club to greatness for years to come. For this reason, he was appointed the captain of the team.Javan Johnson

Javan, in the future, would like to be a civil engineer and is currently working on this dream. He is a reserved person and chooses to speak only when a thought of motivation is conceptualized.

According to him, being a part of the robotics program at Jamaica College makes him feel one step closer to his dream of becoming an engineer. With his ever-burning passion towards the club and his knowledge from his studies, there is no other person that could replace his intel on the team. His favorite quote is:

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.”

Walt Whitman

Harold Hall

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 “Anything worth doing, is worth doing well.” Harold is a talented individual who is driven by this quote. He is the chief public relations officer and also an engineer. If there is a conflict, Harold is more than capable of talking his way out of it. He is always willing to learn and add ideas to accomplish the team’s goals effectively.Harold Hall

Harold is also a very good team player. He works very well with other members of the team as he believes that there is no “I” in “Team”. His joviality is one of the many reasons why he was quickly welcomed to the team in September 2016 and since then he has given his all for the team. Harold is totally convinced that this year will be the most successful year for the robotics program at Jamaica College. Harold is one of the main engineers for the team as well as the person who introduced the Public Relations department of the club. His addition to the club and team has proved fruitful as he has made the atmosphere more exciting and more work ready. He entered the club with the intention to make an impact and this he has indeed done. His favorite quote is:

“What we think, we become.”

-Buddha

 

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