by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The St Kitts Nevis Robotic Association (SKNRA) has announced the St Kitts Nevis National Robotics Challenge, slated for early April 2022.
Representatives of the Robotics Association sat down with Jade Johnson and Azem Bailey on the Tuesday, March 8 edition of Island Tea to discuss the upcoming event.
“We do have some amazing news coming out. First and foremost is that last time we were here, we did mention that we will have a National Robotics Competition and we also discussed the previous Marine Drone Competition, and we’re glad to announce that the National Robotics Competition is official and it’s scheduled to take place [in]early April,” said Sanjiv Suresh Innovation & Technology Coordinator with the SKNRA.
Dr. Ricardo Neil, President of the St Kitts- Nevis Robotic Association, shared the purpose of the competition.
“The whole objective of it is to see if we can get the young people involved in engineering; so not just to make it a selective group but right across the board. So, we have that competition coming up.”
Neil added that the Robotics Association seeks to have about 18 teams participating in the competition, including all the high schools throughout St. Kitts and Nevis, youth groups, all females groups etc., guided by criteria.
“So, the way that it is designed is that we will be having about a four-day challenge where we give each team a Robotics kit, and their job is to build a robot to fit into [certain criteria] that we’re actually gonna give them.”
Persons interested in being a part of the competition are invited to register on the website SKNRA.org. The link to register is also available on all of the association’s social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin.
The Robotics Association President said the competition judges are experienced, as they are persons who have travelled abroad to judge the International Robotics Challenge.
Neil said several sponsors are on board, but the association seeks additional sponsorship for the event.