Team Guyana Robotics Shows Remarkable Resilience; Ends Tourney Ranked Among The Top 25% Teams In The World
Dubai, UAE – October 27th, 2019 – Team Guyana overcame tremendous challenges to end the 3 day global tournament with 6 victories and 3 losses which earned them an overall ranking of 39th place out of the 190 countries which took part in the global competition. The ranking means that Guyana finds itself among the elite top 25% teams in world rankings.
When the team of 8 Guyanese youths representing Hague, Timehri, Enmore and Georgetown arrived at the Cheddi Jagan airport on their way to the global robotics event in Dubai, they were told that because the robot was packed in a wooden crate, they wouldn’t be able to travel with their prized possession to the global tourney. It was truly a blessing that one team member was routed through NY the very next day and was called upon to deliver the robot to Dubai. The story gets infinitely more complicated but suffice to say that the robot did not arrive until 10pm the night before kickoff.
Team Guyana however remained upbeat and worked through the night to fix damage the robot endured during its transport in a cartoon box. Sleep deprived but determined to represent Guyana well over the three days of competition, the team of Guyanese youth rose to the occasion. Day 1 saw the Team Guyana alliance winning 2 out of 3 games, the loss due to failure of a motor which stopped the team from shooting to earn points. The team ended the day in 24th overall ranking. Day 2’s play of 4 games began with two brilliant back to back victories and 2 painful losses, one well earned but the other due to another failure of a motor on the robot. The losses dropped Team Guyana into 62nd ranking and put tremendous pressure on the young team to win both final games on day three. Day three brought victories and high scores as team Guyana members worked together to execute their game strategies and rally back to end the day among the elite 25% of teams in the world.
This year, the First Global organization hosted 190 national teams out of the 195 countries in the world. It was the largest and most competitive global competition to date and teams which are mentored by large, well known Engineering firms in their home countries often do very well. Team Guyana and their extended community of mentors and supporters all contributed to the design of a superior machine, proving to the world that a tiny country of 750,000 people could compete favourably against youths from wealthy nations with access to more resources.
Heartfelt thanks to all of Team Guyana’s sponsors and supporters
The Anira Foundation
The Guyana Diaspora