Guiding his protégés to success in the inaugural Evergo Jamaica Secondary Schools’ E-Mobility Robotics Competition on Wednesday has brought a sense of fulfilment to Jamaica College coach Paul Pounall.
“As a past robotics student, this is my way of giving back,” Pounall told The Gleaner, noting that he had been putting in hours after he finished his day job to work with the students and assist in their development.
A Jamaica College old boy himself, having graduated in 2012, he noted that he benefited greatly from being a member of the school’s Robotics Club.
“While I was there, it open a lot of doors for me. I was exposed to a lot as a result of it, and I said it is only fair that I give back to the boys so that they can be exposed to similar experiences that I was exposed to, if not even more,” said Pounall.
Despite having to change their initial design and completely reassemble their robot’s structure, his team managed to cop the $125,000 top prize even as they battled the time constraint.
“It’s just a fulfilling feeling to know that you can give back to your school and evidently your country”