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National Robotics Federation launched officially declaring robotics a sport in Belize

Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2023. 9:38 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez:  On September 25, 2023, Minister of Sports, Rodwell Ferguson handed over official documents to the principal at the Belize High School, Jamie Usher for the launch of a National Robotics Federation.

The launch makes robotics an official sport in Belize.

Minister Ferguson says that Belize is taking the lead in Robotics.

“Now, we are taking the lead into making robotics a sport. Ever since the team came back from Switzerland last year Mrs. Usher was talking to me about how we can make it a sport. I also applaud the idea and I will talk to the National Sports Council board and director to figure out how it could become formal,” Ferguson said.

Usher who is also a partner of FIRST Robotics, received official documentation from the minister to launch the nation’s first robotics federation.

FIRST is a non-profit organization that focuses on advancing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) education.

“Part of our FIRST experience started in 2018 when we did the FIRST global competition in Mexico City. Since then, experience with FIRST has been a highly organized, very competitive, socially responsible experiment in science, technology, engineering, arts and math and why not bring that to as many Belizean students as possible. Part of our initiative has involved a national competition every year, but we are intent on having that grow,” Usher said.

Usher explained that adult robotics enthusiasts and those wishing to help can join the federation.

“So if the school doesn’t have a team, there is a way to form a community team. Then if we have teams like St. John’s or Pallotti, elementary schools like St Joseph, Holy Redeemer, all of those are welcomed under the federation umbrella that they could register and become a legitimate robotics engineer,” Usher added.

The Belize High School is overjoyed by this initiative since their team’s victory in the International Robotics Competition in Geneva, Switzerland, in November of 2022.


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