Bennett Moes, 10, demonstrates the Lego robotic arm he created at an NIC Robotics Camp (file courtesy of Susan Quinn) Bennett Moes, 10, demonstrates the Lego robotic arm he created at an NIC Robotics Camp (file courtesy of Susan Quinn)

Two Kelowna schools qualify for robotics competition

Students will have eight weeks to construct their own robot before competition begins next March in Victoria

Students at two Kelowna schools are about to have the opportunity of a lifetime to construct their dream robots on the national stage.

Ecole Kelowna Secondary (EKS) and Mount Boucherie Secondary (MBS) students have officially qualified to compete in a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) next year from March 4 to 7 in Victoria.

READ MORE: More than 300 high school students from B.C., Alta., and Washington took part in the VEX Robotics competition

The qualification means the students now have until January to learn how to raise money, design, build and program their robots with the help of Aptixx Robotics mentors — a UBCO not-for-profit organization dedicated to teaching robotic basics to Kelowna youth.

In January, the students will then be given eight weeks to build their robots before they’re put to the test at the Canadian Pacific Regional robotics competition in March.

Tobias Blaskovits, Central Okanagan public school STEM consultant, said all the of the students on the teams will help build the robots.

“Both teams here are just in their infancy. This is the first year they’ve started and all the students are new to this,” said Blaskovits.

“Each team is made up of 10 to 25 students and has sub-departments like engineering, design, coding, programming and community outreach teams. After the departments are created, the students can then sign up for one to help their team.”

Blaskovits said two local teachers have also stepped up to help in the competition.

“Rutland Secondary school teacher Peter Halim and MBS school teacher Mike Boulanger will be helping to lead and supervise the teams in the competition.”

Depending on the popularity, Blaskovits said there could be a regional robotics competition in Kelowna soon. The competition would likely be for younger students and consist of lego blocks to help them build their robots.

FRC is a charity established in 2001 to help inspire Canadian high school and elementary school students to pursue careers in the science, technology and engineering fields. The competition that the Kelowna students are participating in is one of four types of robotics competitions held by the charity throughout the country.

To learn more about the event, you can visit the charity’s website.


@connortrembley
connor.trembley@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Central Okanagan residents invited to give input on regional transport plan

The plan will help Central Okanagan governments work together to connect people and places across the region

Body of 21-year-old man found in Okanagan Lake

BC Coroners Service is investigting the circumstances of the man’s death

UBC Okanagan caps digital fees per course amid COVID-19

The UBCO student senate capped fees at $65 per class for the first winter term in 2020

Police investigate late-night truck fire in Vernon

‘At this time, investigators are treating the fire as suspicious,’ says Cpl. Tania Finn

Wildfire burns near Okanagan Connector

All lanes are now open on Highway 97C

Airlines dispute Dr. Henry’s claim they ‘very rarely’ give accurate COVID contact tracing info

Air Canada, WestJet say they provide names and contact information

Democracy costs Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen more than $500,000

Remuneration and expenses paid to chair, directors and alternate directors comes to $542,588

Workplace design: Are you grown up enough to work from home?

Columnist Jules Galloway is the founder/owner of Evolve Design| Build

Kelowna RCMP discover more imitation firearms used in crimes

RCMP say the fake guns can be hard to distinguish from the real ones

Dyer: Replacing dam and solar power

Research indicates Canada could replace 100% of power from dams with solar, using only 13% of the land

Airborne hot dog strikes Greater Victoria pedestrian

Police called to 4200-block of Quadra Street for hot dog incident

Kootnekoff: CEWS expanded and extended

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, her diverse legal career spans over 20 years

B.C. scientist, 63, protests in trees set to be removed for Trans Mountain pipeline

Tim Takaro is reaching new heights as he tries to stall the pipeline expansion project in New Westminster

Dwindling B.C. bamboo supply leaves Calgary Zoo biologists worried about pandas

Zoo has been trying to send pandas back to China since May

Most Read