G.E.A.R.S PAINT NIGHT
Zebra Robotics hosted our third G.E.A.R.S (Girls in Engineering and Robotics) workshop where students made their own paintings with L.E.D. circuits in them. Beautiful work, girls!
CROC: CODING AND ROBOTICS OPEN CHALLENGE
Zebra Robotics is hosting our own in-house Coding and Robotics competition, CRoC! On April 15th, we will be hosting our first competition focused only on coding. Future CRoC competitions will include both coding and robotics categories. This season’s theme is the Ice Cream Parlor! The prompts/challenges for all coding languages will be oriented around a system for running an ice cream parlor. Ask your instructor for the challenge sheets for your coding language specialty. After the competition, students and staff will have an ice cream party! Please inform staff of any dietary restrictions.
ONTARIO INNOVATION CELEBRATION
n February 25th, the Wave Riders traveled to Seneca College to compete in the Ontario Innovation Celebration. They received the Problem Identification Award. Congratulations, team!
CRoC (COMPETITION FOR ROBOTICS AND CODING)
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE PROVINCIALS
All three of our teams showed top game at the University of Waterloo for First Lego League Provincials.
Team UnResolved received a Robot Design Award
Team Wave Riders received a Project Innovation Award and were selected for Ontario innovation Celebration.
HEADED TO FLL PROVINCIALS
All three of our First Lego League teams have aced their regional competitions! Wave Riders, Hydro Innovators, and UnResolved will be competing at the provincial competitions at Waterloo at the end of the month. Wish them luck!
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE SUCCESS!
Our first FLL team to compete, the Hydro Innovators, aced their performance at Fletcher Meadows SS last Saturday, coming in second place out of 18 teams! We’re so proud of all their hard work, and we invite everyone to send them best wishes as they advance to regionals!
For three days, we had a group of students fly in from Gandhinagar International Public School in India to participate in our robotics workshops. We’re so proud of all the hard work they did!
On June 24th, Saturday from 4.30 PM until 6.30 PM, Zebra Robotics Tech Fun event will be held at their facility in Mississauga. Tech Fun Event was first organized in 2016 and was a big hit among our customers. The event features some of the projects by students and few robotics games that everyone can try their hands on. Light refreshments will be provided during the event.
Pictures from last yeas’ event.
During the event, students who have completed Robotics 400 Advanced level and Coding courses will receive their certificates. Students who finished top in their class will also be getting a medal recognizing their achievements. The event will open with a speech from its co-founder Satish Thiyagarajan.
Three teams from Zebra Robotics competed in Zone01 and World Robotic Olympiad challenges in April and May 2017. Immediately after 2016 First Lego League competitions, they started preparing for these events, while some members continued their Robotics 500 and Coding classes.
All three challenges were mechanically complex and students experimented a lot before deciding on an efficient design. Some of the preparation went well into the last weeks before the competition.
Once at the competition, Zone01 team Laser had a surprise change
in their mission and had an hour to make design and program changes. They methodically did this, finishing on top in the GTA. Meanwhile, our WRO team Squawk also finished first and advanced to the Nationals in Montreal.
Our WRO and Zone01 teams both finished fourth in the nationals. WRO team Squawk’s robot performed exactly as expected, and now they plan on setting their target higher for next year.
By Sadia Sheikh
Competition can be as daunting as it is rewarding, so why encourage your kids to compete? In an increasing tech and teamwork driven world, competition provides a unique opportunity to acquire both skill sets. Typical robotics competition preparation ranges between 2-4 months, during which kids learn to share, how to work with new members of the team, and respect other ideas. Impact data collected over 10 years by the FIRST Robotics Competition indicates more than 90% improvement in kid’s problem-solving, time management and conflict resolution skills upon completion of the program. Time management, prioritizing and sharing the workload are all essential skills kids learn that can be applied to any field of work. These soft skills, so desired by employers everywhere, are key in making positive and memorable impressions.
By giving kids the chance to work as a member of a team on the development of a product or idea, they learn firsthand the value of patience, as well as losing and winning with dignity. The invaluable friendships they make are based on shared passions and experiences. According to the American Society for Engineering Education, there is a disparity between the communication skills STEM students learn in schools and those that are applicable in industry. Competitions help to bridge this gap by fostering a sense of agency in participants based on perseverance and hands-on application of knowledge. This type of all-encompassing development is a gift that never stops giving!
 2011 FIRST® Tech Challenge? FIRST® Robotics Competition Evaluation and 2013 FIRST® LEGO® REV 1/17 League Evaluation, Brandeis University.
 Donnell J.A., Aller B.M., Alley M., and Kedrowicz A.A., Why industry says that engineering graduates have poor communication skills: What the literature says, ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, pp. 13.