Cyber Pirates tackle hurricanes

A team of “pirates” known for their robotics skills and hurricane knowledge addressed a full house Wednesday on the first day of Hazard Management’s symposium, “After the Storm – A Retrospective of Ivan.”  

The two-day event at The Westin Casuarina Resort, which is open to the public, focuses on the impact of the storm and its aftermath. It hosts speakers from Hazard Management Cayman Islands, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and others. 

The Cayman Prep and High School Robotics rookie team “Cyber Pirates,” which includes Matthew Penner, Trey Milgate, Esme Griffin, Adrian Pasquali, Danny Link, Jakob Kunzer, Daniel Campbell and Amelia Pimentel, presented their award-winning work during the program. The students are coached by teacher Allison Smith.  

The team won two of five major awards at the First Lego League Qualifying Tournament in Florida in January, and also won the Innovation Solution Presentation award in March at the FLL State Championship.  

Under the theme Nature’s Fury, the Cyber Pirates won Best Project for their solution to educating children about hurricanes. The team built and designed a board game, Hurricane, in which the players move around the board from home to hurricane shelter, collecting hurricane supplies and answering hurricane questions. 

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Chief robot designer Jakob Kunzer said the team had been recognized for their core values and how well they worked together. “We have learned a lot from the previous competition and we are hoping to build on we have already learned,” Jakob said. 

To view the symposium’s schedule, visit 


The Cayman Prep and High School Robotics rookie team “Cyber Pirates” at the symposium. – PHOTO: LAURA BUTTIGIEG
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