Belize High School, BHS, has developed a reputation with its students to taking technology in the classroom to another level. Their latest accomplishment is in the field of robotics. On October 20, five students will be travelling to Dubai to participate in a robotics competition at the first Global Annual Challenge. The students paid a visit to the Prime Minister this afternoon where they presented their robot and its capabilities. Love News met up with them right after their presentation at the Laing Building.
Adrian Fonseca, Student, Belize High School: “We’ll be going and competing alongside and against 190 other countries. This year’s theme is Ocean Opportunities and our robot will be completing multiple tasks scoring points and working in alliance with three other countries and we’re working with three other countries.”
Chahatt Chawla, Student, Belize High School: “The game is about scoring points based on various different challenges.”
Chahatt Chawla, one of the students, explained that it takes extensive knowledge of programming to operate Sea Empress.
Chahatt Chawla, Student, Belize High School: “We started building around August and we had school as well, we started the whole selection process in summer and then after that we started building. It’s been three months or so and every day after school we stayed back and we put our blood, sweat and tears into her and the challenges we faced it’s small little trial and error challenges so we’d build something it wouldn’t work out, we’d have to tweak it and then fix the program and code so small challenges like that.”
Jamie Lee Usher, the principal of the Belize High School, expressed that many of the problems we face can be fixed by our young people if we give them the right tools.
Jamie Lee Usher, Principal, Belize High School: “Part of our motivation to keep going in this first global challenge and the first lego league is because we are motivated by the fact that we are a part of the evolution of technology and science in Belize. So first we used to teach IT as a subject then we started using IT by bringing in projectors and then we started using technology with our class so we would have Google Classroom, Google Drive, different elements but now behind me you’ve just witnessed where our students are taking technology and engineering and creating which is really a fantastic transformation when you think about it, we’re no longer teaching about what is a mouse, what is a CPU, what is a keyboard we’re actually telling them use everything that has been built up since elementary school and create something that can solve a problem and what a wonderful thing when in high school you’re exposed to a robotic Olympic competition of this magnitude not for a trophy but for the opportunity to hack a world problem.”
The theme of the competition is “Ocean Opportunities”. This is the second time that, BHS is participating in the competition. Last year, BHS placed 73 out of 100 when they travelled to Mexico City.