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 years’ 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.