RoboGames is a partnership
betweEn Selkirk College and the Nelson Tech Club
Selkirk College inspires lifelong learning and that begins with youth throughout our region. Encouraging young people to pursue their interests while engaging with the broader community, Selkirk College ensures learning is authentic, inspiring, rewarding and relevant.
The Nelson Tech Club is a community organization for technology enthusiasts who gather to share ideas, knowledge, resources and opinions in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere. With a motto of “Build, Learn, Share,” the club has over 450 youth and adult members and meets weekly at space donated by Selkirk College in Nelson.
The goal of RoboGames 2017 is to promote science and technology learning among young community members by making science and technology fun, accessible and non-intimidating. Ultimately, the hope is that these youth will incorporate scientific and technical learning into their future education and career choices, enhancing community vitality and sustainability as our region moves into the middle of the 21st Century. Making technical learning less intimidating is a crucial early step toward encouraging the region’s young people to incorporate science and technology in their future learning and career plans, thus increasing the region’s chances of retaining technical talent in the longer term.
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What is the RoboGames origin?
In 2010, KAST and the Nelson Tech Club joined forces with 6 Kootenay Boundry middle schools in holding the 1st Annual Robogames. Twenty-four students, aged 12 to 17 created the robotic entries which battled for robotic supremacy.
Lead by NTC President, Brad Pommen, the Nelson, BC Hackerspace shouldered the mentoring and guidance, along with assistance from many of the society’s Directors. Focusing on the design, programming and assembly, youth built autonomous robotic vehicles using Lego Mindstorms NXT kits and Arduino-based rovers.
Attendance at the 2013 RoboGames was nearly 60 youth and adults. In 2012, we had over 50 attend from throughout the region. In 2014, we had over 200 specatators and 30 participants.
Robotics offers a unique way to engage youth in science and technology and is successful in doing so. One hundred percent (100%) of participants surveyed after the 2013 RoboGames stated that they wanted to keep learning about science, technology and engineering. Seven out of ten respondents (70%) stated that they were thinking about a career in technology, computer science or engineering; almost half (44%) stated that their dream job was to become an engineer.
RoboGames is offered in partnership with the Nelson Tech Club, a community organization for technology enthusiasts who gather to share ideas, knowledge, resources and opinions in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere. With a motto of “Build, Learn, Share,” the club has over 450 youth and adult members and meets weekly at space donated by Selkirk College in Nelson. With members ranging in ages from 4 to 94, it is one of Canada’s largest all-ages, public Hackerspaces.