Thu. Feb 22nd, 2024
    Jamaican Students Chosen to Represent Nation at Robotics Competition in France

    Two students from the HEART/NSTA Trust in Jamaica have been selected to represent their country at the WorldSkills Mobile Robotics Competition in Lyon, France. This marks a significant milestone for the institution, as it is the first time that students from HEART/NSTA Trust will compete at the international level in the field of robotics.

    Javier Farquharson and Duvanie Vassell expressed their excitement and eagerness to participate in the competition. Both students have had a long-standing interest in engineering and technology, with a natural curiosity about how things work. They believe that their participation in the competition will not only allow them to showcase their skills but also contribute to Jamaica’s technological development.

    Under the guidance of their teacher, Farquharson and Vassell have already made strides in their robotic creations. They have developed a robot that is programmed to navigate a vineyard and pick grapes for wine production. This innovative project demonstrates their talent and passion for the field.

    The WorldSkills Mobile Robotics Competition will take place from September 10 to 15 and will feature participants from over 65 countries and regions. This global event aims to showcase the skills and talents of young individuals in various technical disciplines. HEART/NSTA Trust’s involvement in this competition follows the success of a Jamaican team winning a gold medal at the Robotics Olympics in Singapore last year.

    Dr. Taneisha Ingleton, the managing director of the HEART/NSTA Trust, expressed confidence in the abilities of Farquharson and Vassell to represent the institution well. She highlighted the investments made by the institution in advancing the robotics program, including the purchase of autonomous mobile robotic kits and drones.

    Senator Dana Morris Dixon, the minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for skills and digital transformation, commended the HEART/NSTA Trust for breaking barriers and embracing new opportunities. She emphasized the importance of recognizing and supporting the talent that Jamaica produces.

    Overall, the participation of these Jamaican students in the robotics competition in France not only highlights their individual achievements but also demonstrates Jamaica’s commitment to becoming a leader in the field of robotics and technology. It is a testament to the growing opportunities and advancements in the country’s education and skills development sector.

    FAQ Section:
    1. Who has been selected to represent Jamaica at the WorldSkills Mobile Robotics Competition?
    Javier Farquharson and Duvanie Vassell, students from the HEART/NSTA Trust in Jamaica, have been selected to represent their country at the competition.

    2. What is significant about this selection for the institution?
    This is the first time that students from HEART/NSTA Trust will compete at the international level in the field of robotics.

    3. What is the aim of the WorldSkills Mobile Robotics Competition?
    The competition aims to showcase the skills and talents of young individuals in various technical disciplines from over 65 countries and regions.

    4. What robotic creation have Farquharson and Vassell developed?
    They have developed a robot programmed to navigate a vineyard and pick grapes for wine production.

    5. When will the competition take place?
    The competition will take place from September 10 to 15.

    Definitions:
    1. HEART/NSTA Trust: A Jamaican institution that focuses on skills training and development.
    2. Robotics: The field of study and practice of creating and programming robots.
    3. Autonomous: Capable of operating independently without human input.

    Related Links:
    WorldSkills – Official website of WorldSkills, the organization behind the Mobile Robotics Competition.