25 Jul Team Sri Lanka 2019 🇱🇰
This year, Team Sri Lanka is made up of students from Elizabeth Moir School and Richmond College in Galle.
STEM students across Sri Lanka have the FIRST Global Challenge firmly on their radar; and it is no surprise that, for the third year in succession, Moir School students jumped at the chance to be a part of this phenomenal experience.
Following a successful partnership with students from schools in the Northern and Southern regions of the island in 2018, which saw the team climb significantly in the rankings and come home with a Judge’s award for innovative design; Team Sri Lanka seeks to recapture that collaborative magic for this year’s competition as well.
It has been a tough year for Sri Lanka. 2019 was meant to be a celebration of a decade of peace for the country, a joyful milestone that was profoundly marred by the Easter Sunday terror attacks. Today, the island nation is once again in the process of rebuilding itself.
The members of Team Sri Lanka have plenty of experience and inspiration to help them on their way. The team is spending the summer vacation working on their robot, determined to do better, and make it further than ever before.
Our Team Members
Ramidu (15) – She may be the sole female member of the team, but being a part of FIRST Global definitely runs in her blood, after all, her sister was a member of the Elizabeth Moir School team at the FIRST Global competition in 2017. A Maths genius, Ramidu’s interest in Robotics is recent but definitely enthusiastic, and she is prepared to give all her spare time (usually spent reading and watching movies) to building the best robot for the competition.
Seth (15) – Having just been awarded a Moir Scholarship, Seth is an avid builder with an innate eye for design. He combines his love of technology and all things remote controlled with a passion for court time, tennis court time that is.
Pasindu (15) – For as long as he can remember, Pasindu has enjoyed taking electronics apart, figuring out how they work, and then putting them back together in new and interesting ways. A member of the school Robotics club, his passion for coding is matched only by his love for playing the piano and guitar, and going for long walks or bike rides.
Hamza (15) – This is the third time that Hamza has been involved in Elizabeth Moir School’s team for the FIRST Global competition, making him the veteran of the group, despite also being its’ youngest member. Having joined the school robotics club because he was ‘antisocial’, his interest has grown into ‘a passion for the possibilities’ robotics offers. He also enjoys Debating and being part of the school’s MUN team. Well known for his deadpan responses and dry sense of humour, he claims to spend at least 12 hours of the day fast asleep.
Danushka (18) – President of the Richmond College Robotics club, Danushka is an Arduino expert. Having participated and placed in several local robotics competitions, he is looking forward to his first international experience. He loves astronomy, playing chess and programming, and has never met a Rubik’s cube he couldn’t solve.
Teachers in charge
Shankar – Often mistaken for one of his students, Shankar is a young, energetic, engineering postgraduate who runs the School’s Robotics Club. Shankar’s expertise in CAD helps the team design, build and fine tune its’ robot. This is the third time that he has been part of Team Sri Lanka.
Noushin – Having just graduated from the University of Colombo, Noushin teaches Physics and is one of the teachers in charge of the Moir Robotics Club. She represented Sri Lanka at CERN, working on the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider, and was also the Sri Lankan delegate at the Asian Science Camp held in Thailand.
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