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CyberGirls Starting a New Season

Gary Page

By Gary Page

The CyberGirls Robotics team is once again offering STEM education opportunities for Girls ages 9 to 18. September 12, 2016 marks the beginning of the Girls 2016/17 competition season. Youth design, build and program robots to take part in the international VEX Robotics Competition.

The CyberGirls Robotics program is designed to encourage girls to continue with their interest in STEM related fields.

Last year, in their rookie season, the girls attended three competitions in Ontario and qualified for the provincial championship winning two judges awards at competition.

The VEX Robotics Competition pits alliances of two against two robots in a series of round robin matches leading to elimination playoffs. This year's game, Starstruck, requires students to build a machine capable of launching foam stars and soft cubes across a 12' field while preventing their opponents from doing the same. The end-game involves a robot climb up a 2” diameter pole.

This year will see an expansion of the robotics program for girls. We will be running two Vex Robotics Competition teams (ages 11-18) and one new VEX IQ team (ages 9-12). VEX IQ uses the same competitive format to encourage younger girls to explore robotics and STEM.

Thanks to the generosity of ARO Technologies Inc and CollWest Grain Ltd, the team is able to expand and purchase a competition practice field.

In addition to growing to three teams this year, we will be hosting a competition event in the City of Barrie on January 18th. This will bring 42 teams to the area from around the province and help grow interest in competitive robotics.

For more information please contact Gary Page (705) 888-0731

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