Western Engineering and FIRST Robotics Reward High School Ingenuity
Western Engineering News | Friday, April 13, 2018
Western University’s Thompson Arena was recently transformed from a quiet and cold ice surface to a rowdy battle pit for mechanical gladiators controlled by teams of high school students who acted as mechatronic creators and robot-pilots.
Last weekend, Western Engineering hosted its second annual FIRST Robotics Competition –District Event – Often referred to as “the varsity sport of the mind”.
FIRST Robotics Canada is a non-profit organization, which has made it their mission to “inspire young people to pursue further studies and careers in the field of science, technology
“This event is part of Western Engineering’s larger outreach strategy assisting youth from both elementary and secondary levels to experience STEM in a positive way,” says Andrew Hrymak, Dean of Western Engineering. Further, Western Engineering offers a FIRST Robotics Entrance Scholarship to a student entering full-time undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Engineering who has participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition Team (FRC) in high school.
This year’s theme, ‘Power Up’, challenged teams to take on one another in obstacles like manipulating control switches and scales, earning boosts like levitation and even climbing and hanging from structures. Students had to employ engineering, coding
Although the main event is the
Whether it was the excitement of battling robots, the roar of a packed stadium, or the students, referees