STEM Guyana perfecting their robot for World Championships

Members of STEMGuyana engaging with Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes recently

THE nine-member team representing Guyana at the inaugural Robot Olympics next month in Washington D.C. is currently perfecting the robot they have to build for the event and building the overall team capacity.

The team consists of: 15-19 year old participants: Ryan Benschop, Anthony Frank, Arianna Mahase, Christopher Nelson, Sahief Poese and Vevekeanand Ramnarace; Team Manager Farnaz Baksh; Coach Ricky Chan and Public Relations Officer Horace Mosley.

The team will be competing in the United States of America (USA) in July, 2017 at the inaugural Robot Olympics against 150 different countries. According to the Team Manager, “We’re at the stage of perfecting every part of the robot for each aspect of the challenge.”

This challenge requires that the team, just like every other team, build a robot solution which will address the problem of access to people all around the world. Currently, Guyana’s team is in the process
“We’re working overtime to calibrate and perfect our current robot design,” said Captain of the Robotics team, Ryan Benschop. Both Benschop and Baksh related that the preparations have not been without challenges, but all team members are working assiduously at getting the job done.

The team was drawn from persons who showed great interest in robotics last year at the Robotics Camps fostered by U.S-based Guyanese, Karen Abrams and First Lady, Sandra Granger. Come this weekend, June 24, there will be a Robot and Technology exhibition at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

The display at the Sports Hall will include more than 16 robot exhibits created under the themes of Education, Healthcare, Oil and Gas, Agriculture and Games. These will be presented by the STEM clubs that were gifted robot kits after STEMGuyana’s inaugural robot building and programming summer camp in 2016. Teams from high schools across Guyana are expected to participate.