Fifteen schools and science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) clubs were participants in this year’s National Robotic Exhibition on Saturday, and a number of innovative projects were on display at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.These clubs and other technological agencies across Guyana took the opportunity to showcase their robots which were built with a specific focus in mind: to eradicate some common problems in the environment and society.A robotic garbage collectorLeading the exhibition was Guyana’s very own STEM team, which served as a pilot for upcoming inventors to gauge their interests into effective robotic creations. These individuals were also given a chance to develop communicational and problem-solving skills, as well as foster involvement in collaborative projects.Present at Saturday’s activities was Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, who lauded the coordinators for their inputs into the exhibition, and said he believes technology is the way forward for Guyana.Guyana Times caught up with some of the students as they showcased their robotic creations. Members of the Volunteer Youth Corps (VYC) noted that this is their first year at the exhibition, and their robot was constructed by primary school students. While the invention was a simple one, the students stated that they’re using the exhibit to gain ideas which can help to enhance their robot.“We’re in the first and basic stage of robotics. We’re dealing with primary school kids, and within one week the kids used four days to put together the robot. We’re now learning how to programme the robot,” said Lisa Khan.Tyrique Wilson of the Belladrum STEM Club noted that this is a way to publicise their robot and entice more persons to join the club.“We made a crane. We wanted to push how far we can go with the actual kit, and we decided to make a crane that is fully functional, and we created programmes for it,” he explained.The St Rose’s High School also presented a device to water small gardens. It functioned by detecting the colour of the leaves of a plant, and supplying that plant with a suitable amount of water.The most spectacular robot was created by the Three Miles Secondary at Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni). It was designed to solve a Rubix cube using sensors to detect the spectrum of colours.In most instances, the robots were made from locally sourced and recycled materials, and took a maximum of one week to complete. This is one of the many initiatives which have been organised by STEM Guyana to advance the level of technology while providing training for youths.
The Nicaraguan Football Federation (Fenifut) has apologised for questioning the authenticity of the FIFA Best awards and admitted they made a mistake when sending their votes to the world governing body for this year’s vote.Shortly after the awards ceremony on Monday, Nicaragua captain Juan Barrera said that in spite of FIFA documents saying he voted for winner Lionel Messi, he did not take part in the poll. But Fenifut, after backing Barrera’s claims, are now acknowledging they erroneously put Barrera’s name on the form, when the player who voted was left-back Manuel Rosas.”Fenifut would like to make it clear this was a misunderstanding,” the Central American federation said in a statement. “Fenifut would like to apologise.”The claims – along with a mistake by the Egyptian FA which meant that votes for Mohamed Salah were not counted – cast a pall over the results announced in Milan on Monday.Barcelona’s Argentina striker Messi picked up the FIFA player of the year award for a record sixth time, beating off competition from Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo.Liverpool manager Klopp took the top coach gong for the first time, ahead of Premier League counterparts Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur).The captain and coach of every national soccer federation affiliated to FIFA get to vote on the player of the year, along with one media representative from each country.In FIFA’s published list, Barrera’s top three selections in the best male player category were shown as Messi, Sadio Mane and Cristiano Ronaldo.Fenifut said those were actually Rosas’ picks. controversyFIFAfifa awardsFIFA Controversy First Published: September 28, 2019, 12:10 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.