Pallotti High School Enters Robotics Scene with Innovative ‘Smartz Blind Stick’

Pallotti High School Enters Robotics Scene with Innovative ‘Smartz Blind Stick’

Pallotti High School (PHS) has entered the robotics scene in Belize and is already making a name for its robotics club. The school has entered the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition and was selected from among two thousand three hundred teams, to pitch their prototype, the Smartz Blind Stick. Teacher Abraham Flowers, who founded the school’s robotics club, explained that the students were tasked with finding a problem and coining a solution to that problem using robotics. Flowers said that the team chose to create a prototype that will assist the visually impaired avoid injury as they go about their daily lives. He stopped by Love Studios today with members of the robotics team to tell us more. 

Flowers said that the team is currently preparing a video submission explaining how the smart stick will work for the next phase of the competition. The video, which will include a demonstration of how it works, needs to be submitted by the first week in September. The next phase of the competition will have a community competition round where each view will earn them a point. It will then be reviewed by a team of delegates representing the Solve for Tomorrow competition. The winners at that round will go on to the finals which will be held in Panama. Flowers said that the team is striving to represent the school and the country well, while the students said they are confident about the impact the Smartz Stick will have on Belize and someday the world.

The runners-up in the competition were Muffles College with their prototype focusing on solar power and Ocean Academy which addressed the issue of sargassum reduction.

 

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