RoboGames is open to all youth ages 6 to 18 from four school districts within the West Kootenay/ Boundary region. Youth in teams of up to two people will be supported with six to eight weeks of robotics programming and circuit training culminating with competition in the RoboGames event at Selkirk College Castlegar Campus, Gym on April 29.
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Teams can purchase a robotics kit supplied by RoboGames for $100. If this poses a problem for any participants, bursaries may be available. Participants will keep the kits which will be available on March 27.
All teams must have an adult mentor who will be actively supporting the team as they design, build and program their robot.
Instruction will take place at the team’s own pace using virtual sessions developed by Brad Pommen, Nelson Tech Club President so internet access and streaming capability is essential.
Teams must also have access to a Windows or MAC computer to run coding software and use of an iPad, iPhone, Android or laptop/computer with Bluetooth to control the robot.
While previous years have focused on younger entrants, this year's event is introducing tiered events, including a new high school category for students ready to compete at a higher level. Participants will be able to design, build and program robots using computer science, coding and robotics kits.
Get to know the robot. When youth have finished their creation, circuit training is critical. At the event day, the teams will compete in five categories:
- the obstacle course
- line following
- robot soccer
- special tricks
- robot battles
Volunteer judges note:
- each entry’s design and assembly
- the programming and logic
- the robot’s ability to problem-solve
- the robot’s ability to adapt to challenging situations
An online robotics training and curriculum video developed by Pommen will be available to mentors and youth, allowing them to prepare and learn via webcast up until the end of April.
The competition will take place in Castlegar, in a larger and more centrally located facility that will reduce travel time and allow for increased competitors and supporters. We are expecting 100 youth participants from the region - twice as many as in 2016.
The following competition brackets exist:
- Ages 6-10
- Ages 11-14
- Ages 14-18 (secondary school competition)
- All ages – Innovation category
RoboGames is a partnership between GLOWS, Selkirk College and the Nelson Tech Club.
Selkirk College inspires lifelong learning and that begins with youth throughout our region. Encouraging young people to pursue their interests while engaging with the broader community, Selkirk College ensures learning is authentic, inspiring, rewarding and relevant.
The Nelson Tech Club is a community organization for technology enthusiasts who gather to share ideas, knowledge, resources and opinions in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere. With a motto of “Build, Learn, Share,” the club has over 450 youth and adult members and meets weekly at space donated by Selkirk College in Nelson.
The goal of GLOWS is to promote science and technology learning among young community members by making science and technology fun, accessible and non-intimidating. Ultimately, the hope is that these youth will incorporate scientific and technical learning into their future education and career choices, enhancing community vitality and sustainability as our region moves into the middle of the 21st Century. Making technical learning less intimidating is a crucial early step toward encouraging the region’s young people to incorporate science and technology in their future learning and career plans, thus increasing the region’s chances of retaining technical talent in the longer term.