High school students from across Alberta to compete in robotics challenge
Weekend event leads up to provincial competition in February
EDMONTON – More than 100 high school students will face off this weekend in the third annual Edmonton Regional VEX Competition, hosted by NAIT. This is a lead-up to the Alberta provincial competition, which NAIT hosts in February.
Each year, an engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. With guidance from teachers and mentors, students use the VEX Robotics Design System to build innovative robots to compete in the game. This year, players will participate in a challenge called In the Zone, in which their robots get points for stacking up to 80 cones on 10 goal pylons around a 12-foot by 12-foot field.
Robotics has become a popular method of teaching technical skills at the junior-high and high-school level. VEX, a Meccano-like system, consists of structural components, motors, sensors and a programmable controller. Each year a challenge is issued, involving the manipulation of objects for points.
The competition is open to members of the public to attend, free of charge.
WHERE: NAIT Main Campus
Fresh Express cafeteria (in Building U)
11762 106 St. NW
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 25
9 a.m. - Opening
9:30 a.m.to 12 p.m. – Qualification rounds
12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Qualification rounds
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Elimination rounds
5:30 p.m. – Awards
Neil Wenger (on site during the competition)
NAIT Vex Regional Competition Director
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