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The mission of the FIRST Caribbean Robotics Competition is to inspire and introduce youth within the Caribbean region to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). It is our goal to educate the youth on the use of technology to solve real-life problems with innovative and creative ideas. FIRST Caribbean Robotics Competition will foster networking, communication, leadership skills, teamwork and self-confidence across the Caribbean region.
“To transform the culture of the youths within the region by using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) as the vehicle for regional and international integration. ” Dr. Ricardo Neil, Founder
To expose youth in kindergartens and high schools in robotics through training, research and mentorship that will help them to be a well rounded contributor to the society and region.
Dr. Ricardo Neil is an author, professor, mentor and founder of the FIRST Caribbean Robotics Competition which oversees the FIRST St. Kitts and Nevis Robotics Competition. He is a strong advocate for STEAM within the Caribbean primarily because he believes that this is the path through which young people can discover themselves, while transforming their society. Dr. Neil is resolute while ensuring that FIRST Caribbean Robotics Competition fulfils its mission.
About FIRST Caribbean Robotics
FIRST Caribbean Robotics Competition was founded in 2017. This initiative was developed to inspire youths, young and old, to be exposed and participate in STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). FIRST Caribbean Robotics Competition is based in St. Kitts and Nevis with the coordinates longitude and latitude 17.3578° N, 62.7830° W. This is a not-for-profit public charity organization that is designed to stimulate and motivate youths to pursue careers in STEAM.
FIRST Caribbean Philosophy
- FIRST Caribbean Philosophy hinges on the Constructivism Theory and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
- Constructivism theory relates to the learners who have prior knowledge and experiences, which is often determined by their social and cultural environment. Learning is therefore done by students’ constructing and gaining knowledge out of their experiences. This therefore, fits into FIRST Caribbean Mission where youths use their knowledge with mentorship to solve real life problem through sportsmanship.
- Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a motivational theory in psychology comprising a five-tier model of human needs. These five needs include physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. FIRST Caribbean Robotics believes that youths within our region will benefit from Maslow’s Hierarchy in terms of self-actualization. Technology has often time breath the reality of what society should be. This therefore means that technology has its place in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
Underrepresented, Underserved and Vulnerable Youth
- FIRST Caribbean Robotics focuses on responding to at risk youths but no limited to:
- Underrepresented Territories:
- Greater Antilles
- Lesser Antilles
- Underserved Youths:
- Girls and Young Women
- Economically Disadvantaged Students
- First Generation in College
- Disconnected Youths
- Those living in the Rural Areas
- Vulnerable Youths:
- Youth emancipating from Foster Care
- Runaway and Homeless Youth
- Youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System
- Immigrant Youth and Youth with limited English Proficiency
- Youth with Disabilities and or receiving Special Education
- LGBTQ+ Youth
- Underrepresented Territories:
- FIRST Caribbean Robotics believes in the philosophical idea of teamwork which in essence that has the ability to bring youth together from difference race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, income or any other characteristics that make our adult-force and students unique.
- Teamwork involves the collaborative effort of a group to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way. This concept is seen within the greater framework of a team, which is a group of interdependent individuals who work together towards a common goal.
- We demonstrate FIRST Caribbean Robotics Philosophies of Teamwork through our core values:
- We are always looking for new ways and ideas to solve problems.
- We believe working together solves problems.
- We believe by exposing youth to technology will enable them to solve problems.
- We use creative ideas to solve problems.
- To enable youths to have fun while solving problems.
- The goal of FIRST Caribbean Robotics is to SOLVE PROBLEMS
We are happy to receive any ideas and feedbacks.
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