March 10, 2017
Recently, the YCIS Robotics Club competed for the first time ever in a city-wide competition for international school students. Under the guidance of Mr Kleber Quevedo, a YCIS Secondary Computer Science teacher, the students surprised competitors by winning the first-place prize in robotics design.
Overall, the YCIS Robotics Club came in 4th place at the competition, a stunning upset for a competition team entering the First Lego League Robotics event for the first time.The students’ performance also earned them a spot in upcoming competitions, which may lead to ultimate placement within the competition finals in Sydney, Australia later this semester.
The team of Year 7 and 8 students worked for many months learning about design, development, and programming for their robots, and each student contributed and developed a new perspective on the world of computing. In addition, according to a Year 8 student, Clark, participating in the event allowed the students in the club to learn not only about robotics design, but also about teamwork, noting that “All of my outstanding teammates collaborated exceptionally well to come up with one final, sturdy, and innovative robot, with several unique aesthetic attachments and an excellent programme. Throughout the first few months of our second semester, we had been diligent and contributed much together toward our final project.”
A team effort from the beginning, and one that brought students together in more than just a technological endeavour, but also one requiring an understanding of each other’s strengths and skills in a number of areas. YCIS provides a myriad of opportunities for students to experientially expand their minds and interests with extra-curricular and clubs. To learn more about the robust after school acitivity programme at YCIS, click here.