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Team Belize wins Silver at FIRST Global Challenge 2023

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2023. 10:32 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On October 12, 2023, Team Belize returned from Singapore with Silver medals after competing in the FIRST Global Challenge 2023.

In addition, Team Belize won the Zheng Heng Award in Engineering Design Excellence.

The award honors teams whose robot exhibits excellent engineering and displays elegance and effectiveness during the challenge.

The team was received with excitement and pride by Belize High School students.

Team Belize’s Karri Domingo told News5 Belize that they were able to experience and view the creativity of robots.

“Reaching there, you are in a building with a hundred and ninety-one other countries and they all have different robots, but we all get the same kit. So it’s about seeing the ingenuity and creativity between each robot and that was really inspiring to all of us because we got to see the thought process behind every other country to complete the challenge. But luckily our design was able to land us silver in the engineering design process,” Domingo said.

Team Belize’s Sebastian Garcia expressed pride in garnering the award.

“Last year Team Belize was a part of the winning alliance that won gold in Geneva, Switzerland. This year, team Belize won the Zheng Heng Engineering Design Award. We came in second place to China and that is a very impressive feat,” Garcia said.

Minister of Sports, Rodwell Ferguson expressed enthusiasm in Belize declaring robotics a sport and the team’s achievements.

“So we are the first country in the world, I believe, that made robotics a sports. But I am very happy at the accomplishment; their achievement. We have committed that this will now spread countrywide, so eventually we will have robotics teams across the country of Belize. So I am very happy, I am very elated it is going to happen,” Ferguson said.


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