BCIT supports high school students in STEM with robotics competition

UPDATE: Watch CTV News for the competition coverage that took place at BCIT on February 22, 2020.

In an ever-changing and increasingly complex world, it’s more important than ever that students develop the skills for critical thinking and collaboration. The VEX Robotics Competition brings science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills to life by challenging high school students to design and build a robot to compete against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge.

Jason Brett, BCIT Technology Teacher Education Instructor and Director of Pacific Youth Robotics Society, brings the annual VEX Robotics Competition to BCIT on February 22 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Burnaby Campus Gymnasium (Building SE16). Public is welcome to attend and watch the competition.

This year’s competition will include 100 high school teams from across British Columbia to compete in an intense one-day robotics tournament. In three 12’ x 12’ battle fields, teams will bring forth their custom-built robots for a round-robin competition. During each round, teams are challenged to maneuver 14 cm cubes and score them into goals located on designated towers. Watch the Tower Takeover game here.

After hours of battling, Jason Brett and a panel of judges will crown the winning team with a trophy and title of Pacific Northwest Championship. The winning team will qualify for the World VEX Robotics Competition in Louisville, Kentucky on April 22.

Watch Global BC to see how Jason Brett and high school students from Heritage Woods Secondary have prepared for the annual VEX Robotics competition.

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(Photo credit: Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody, BC)

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