For the past 20 years, Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) students have competed at RoboFair. The hands-on event gives elementary students an opportunity to take part in four different types of robotics competitions.
This year’s event took place on April 18 at Gravenhurst Public School, and saw 26 TLDSB schools with over 200 participating students. Throughout the day teams built and coded Lego WeDo, EV3, and NXT robots to compete in math-based, map-based, sumo-bot, and ferry-based challenges.
Gravenhurst Public School won the intermediate Sumo-bot Challenge, Huntsville Public School won the junior Sumo-bot Challenge, and Muskoka Beechgrove Public School won the primary WeDo Math Challenge. Teams from Jack Callaghan Public School and Central Senior School will also be advancing to represent TLDSB at the provincial Skills Ontario Lego Robotics and Lego Mechanical Engineering Competitions.
Secondary students from Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School, Huntsville High School, and Gravenhurst High School attended the event to assist with judging and acted as referees. These students also demonstrated their own First Robotics League Robots.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) partners, including Gravenhurst Public Library, Huntsville Library, Muskoka Discovery Centre, InkSmith, and Georgian College were present to showcase the latest industry technology. This allowed students to see where their knowledge and skills in robotics might take them on their education and career pathway.