Basseterre: St. Kitts, February 8, 2021: On February 4 th , the St. Kitts- Nevis
Robotics Association (SKNRA) held its first year anniversary and awards
ceremony at the Immaculate Conception Catholic School’s hall.
In his address to the gathering, Executive Director of the SKNRA, Mr.
Shaqueed Benjamin, outlined the goals of the Association, as they aim to
advance the nation’s youths in the Science and Technology Field globally. He
stated “the association strives to offer young people the opportunity to
expand their horizons through exploration of robots and the robotic
system…and encourage them to become future scientists, engineers,
developers and inventors”.
The St. Kitts- Nevis Robotics association was “born out of research and
development” and is currently “number 1 amongst the member states of the
OECS” and the wider Caribbean region, says Dr Ricardo Neil, Founder and
Chairman of the Association. Amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic in
2020, Dr Neil expressed that the SKNRA had the largest team (30 members)
that entered the first global Robotics Olympics in 2020. He attributed this to
their ability to remain focused and not be distracted by the obstacles of 2020,
but rather, they were able to use those obstacles as opportunities to “redefine
and reinvent” themselves.”
Congratulatory remarks were extended to the SKNRA by Minister of
Education Honourable Jonel Powell, who declared that the Robotics
Association “has the Midas touch.” With focus on the legacy that the
Association is currently building, Minister Powell pointed out that the
Association is “clearly making an indelible mark, not just in the Federation,
not just in competition, but in the region as a leader” as he revealed a
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