High school students from across Alberta to compete in robotics challenge

Published on November 24, 2017

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.

NAIT Main Campus

Fresh Express cafeteria (in Building U)
11762 106 St. NW
Edmonton, AB

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

About NAIT

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 40,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to the provincial economy. NAIT also contributes to Alberta’s prosperity by helping business and industry become more competitive with Industry Solutions offered through its Productivity and Innovation Centre, including technology adoption, business and product innovation and industry-driven research. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.

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