All-girl team in global robot competition

A team of local students is preparing to represent Bermuda at the inaugural First Global robotics competition.

The all-female team of five Bermuda High School students will battle it out Olympics-style against 163 other teams from around the world in Washington DC next month.

The girls have spent the past four weeks designing, programming and building a robot from a standard kit made up of hundreds of individual parts that was sent to all competing teams. And while the parts are all the same, it is up to each team to design their own robot from those parts each with their own special functions.

They have enlisted the technical help of 35th America’s Cup Softbank Team Japan’s systems and software engineer Pekka Ahthonen, president and CEO of Mallon Associates International Dave Mallon who has a PhD in Computer Science, and self proclaimed “geek”, BHS director of advancement Jennifer Burland Adams. Trunomi and Argus, as well as the Ministry of Education and Department of ICT Policy and Innovation, have also lent their support to the project which is expected to branch out to include more local schools next year and beyond.

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