Under strict rules, using limited resources, two Greater Essex County District School Board high school teams competed on the world stage at the FIRST World Robotics Competition held in St. Louis, Missouri.
The championship combined the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology in an, as close to real-world, engineering experience that a high school student can get. Teams from Belle River District High School (pictured below) and Vincent Massey Secondary School (left) joined in a series of challenges designed to encourage teamwork. The teams, more than 600 and from all over the world used their creativity and advice from volunteer professional mentors to create, fund, design, build and brand their robot.
The Mustangs placed 44th in their 76 team division. The Automatons from BRDHS were 63rd in their division.
Mustang skill and innovation stacked their pathway to victory at the Windsor Essex Great Lakes Regional Robotics Competition, held the weekend of April 4th to qualify for the Worlds.
Brad Awad, technology teacher at Massey described the robotics competitions as a great learning experience for the students that are involved.
“They can’t get (this) in a regular classroom,” he said.
Irek Kusmierczyk, robotics director from WeTech Alliance points out that there are teams which compete for 20 years and never reach the world championships. This year, there are two area public schools competing there which, to him, is incredible.
The skills that the competitors from both teams are building today will help with future interests and endeavours. The GECDSB is proud of what the minds of our students can achieve when engaged and inspired!