On 25th January 2018, the Cayman Prep High School robotics team will be traveling to Tampa, Florida to compete in the FIRST Lego league. FIRST stands for ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology’.
The FIRST competition has three main parts to it: the project, robot game and the core values. In the project, the team must come up with a problem relating to the theme and then come up with a solution to that problem. This year the theme is water. In the robot game, the students must program the robots to do missions on the table and the table is related to the theme of that season. Finally, for the core values part the students must learn the 8 core values consisting of: we work as a team, we all have fun, we share our experiences with each other etc. This is an annual competition which the teams have participated in for many years.
Cayman Prep will be taking two teams. One of them contains the rookies: Paxton McCoy, Hugo Barnett, Alexander Bodden, Walker Riley, Matthew Bodden and James Allison with Coach: Michael Harrington and Assistant Coach: Allison Smith. The ages range from our youngest on the team being 11 and our oldest being 14. Our other team consists of the students that have been before: Thomas Penner, Nat Grieff, Adrian Phillips-Hernáez, Xaria Deosaran, Paige Allison and Noah Hill with Coach: Mark Leary and Assistant Coach: Allison Smith. The ages range from our youngest on this team being 12 and oldest being 14. Our rookie team is called Cyber Rays and the older team is called Techno Turtles.
For the project aspect of the competition, the Cyber Rays have come up with a problem which is that there is too much wastage of water and their solution is too line a pipe down from the drain into the bottom of the house where there will be a tank to filter and hold the water until needed. So, instead of using fresh water to water your plants, bathe your dog etc., you can use this water that is somewhat clean from the filter.
Our problem is that people in the Cayman Islands are wasting water whilst washing their cars. Our solution is to build a Solar-Hydro-Clean Car Wash in the Cayman Islands. The solar powered steam washer would be like a pressure washer but uses heated high-pressured water vapors. Since such a devise would consume a lot of energy, we decided to use solar power which is renewable energy. Some benefits of our Solar-Hydro-Clean Car Wash are that it uses less water, renewable energy, no soap, faster service and cleaner cars. Because our steam washer is solar powered and uses less water, the cost of using our service would be approximately the same as a traditional car wash but would be much more environmentally friendly.
Thank you to our 2018 sponsors: Cayman Prep PTA, Deloitte, Cayman National Bank, Cayman Enterprise City, Cayman Airways and Rawlinson & Hunter.