Ft. Buchanan | May 9, 2017
This April two students from our Antilles family attended the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE Robotics World Festival Competition where they represented Puerto Rico in a global robotics and science event. Axel and Alex Capo were members of the Puerto Rico Champion Team, the Tech Dragons. Their team tackled an investigative project and competed an autonomous robot designed and programmed by them. For their investigative project they were tasked with the challenge of studying the interaction between humans and animals. They, along with roughly 22,000 global teams had to study and creatively solve a problem related to human-animal interactions.
The Tech Dragons chose to study the Puerto Rican boa. They worked closely with the Fort Buchanan community and with a research graduate student from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. They were able to study boa habitat and make observations on the challenges that researchers face in their efforts to protect the Puerto Rican boa.
Their innovative solution consisted partly in recognizing that a strong educational campaign was needed to not only educate the public but to also educate members of the construction industry who were not aware of legal protocols required of them when on duty. The students created 2 public service announcements to inform these two populations and then took their goals even further by creating a website to help the public report any boa spotting. They realized in their research that there was no uniform practice for reporting a boa. The website would not only provide a tool for the public but also a tools for wildlife officials to receive notifications as well as to have a platform to chart data on findings and relocations of the boa. Their hard work was further recognized on April 28 when the learned that their website would be adopted by Fort Buchanan's Department of Public Works and would be used as a recovery and training tool throughout all of the military installation.
Congratulations to our students and the Tech Dragon tem for their exemplary work and for demonstrating that we that through collaboration and hard work we can solve big problems and make a big impact in our world.