THE JCOBA-NY IMPACT
CONTRIBUTED (JMD) TO JAMAICA COLLEGE & COUNTING
JAMAICA COLLEGE ROBOTICS CLUB
Establish and fund the launch of the Jamaica College Robotics Club and transform the school’s STEM Education initiative to 21st Century standard while creating a national model. JCOBANY entered the JC team in the March 2010 FTC competition in NYC. This was the historic and pioneering entry of any school in the entire Caribbean region in the world’s premier robotics competition. To date this record is unbroken.
The ultimate intent of its leadership team was always to one day bring the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) home to Jamaica. That 10-year dream came to fruition in spectacular fashion March 8-9 2019 when the inaugural FIRST Tech Challenge - Jamaica National Robotics Championship (RoboJam) was held at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium on the JC campus.
EQUIPMENT FOR THE NEW FRANK HAL GYMNASIUM
Provided state-of-the-art fitness equipment for the Frank Hall Gymnasium. A full complement of equipment sourced by JCOBA-NY members - shipped and delivered to Jamaica College.
Created the widely acclaimed, first and only publication featuring Jamaica Schools at the annual Penn Relays Carnival. Proceeds used to promote Jamaican athletics and to fund the Penn Relays Team and other Jamaica College initiatives.
JC COMPUTER LAB
During the nascent days of the computer revolution (circa 1990), Principal Ruel Taylor exultantly accepted our meticulously detailed proposal to fund and establish the first Computer Lab at Jamaica College. This was the first formal project for the newly organized JCOBA-NY and one of the first such ventures (if not the first) for a Jamaican High School.
The JC Computer Lab was initially equipped with 10 computers, followed shortly by a donation of another 80 computers. Max Maxwell '57 (English Master at the Lawrenceville School) helped to source the second tranche of computers and equipment for the computer lab.