Teams from Jack Callaghan Public School and Central Senior School will be advancing to represent Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) at the provincial Skills Ontario Lego Robotics and Lego Mechanical Engineering Competitions following the RoboFair at Gravenhurst Public School on April 18, according to a news release from the TLDSB on May 1.
The RoboFair included 26 TLDSB schools and over 200 students. TLDSB students have competed at RoboFair for the past 20 years and the hands-on event gives students an opportunity to take part in four types of robotics competitions. Teams built and coded Lego WeDo, EV3 and NXT robots to compete in math-based, map-based, sumo-bot and ferry-based challenges throughout the day. Gravenhurst Public School won the intermediate sumo-bot Challenge, Huntsville Public School won the junior sumo-bot Challenge and Muskoka Beechgrove Public School won the primary WeDo Math Challenge. Teams from Jack Callaghan Public School and Central Senior School will move on to the provincial Skills Ontario Lego Robotics and Lego Mechanical Engineering Competitions.
Secondary students from Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School, Huntsville High School and Gravenhurst High School attended the event to help with judging and act as referees while also demonstrating their own First Robotics League Robots. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) partners, including Gravenhurst Public Library, Huntsville Library, Muskoka Discovery Centre, InkSmith and Georgian College, showcased the latest industry technology at the event, allowing students to see where knowledge and skills in robotics could take them in their education and career.