Final touches

IMG_9911.JPGToday we worked hard to tweak our robot code.

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Robots are dispensing balls, following lines, and some even scored a goal!

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Our mechanisms are being fine tuned.

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We’re also building last minute parts. Bending lexan is fun!

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Our quidditch tournament is next week, and we’re getting ready for our presentations too. Each house gave a practice presentation so we’re ready for next Monday in front of the judges.

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We’re excited to show family and friends what we’ve created over the past 6 weeks! Our Quidditch tournament begins at 6:30 in the auditorium, and will be followed by a parent meeting and then awards.

We’re also looking forward to what build season will bring. Kick off is coming up soon (beginning of January), and that will start another 6 week build session, culminating in a rather amazing robot!

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Counting Down To Quidditch

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We’ve got one more work session before the Quidditch Tournament December 15th. Groups are coming together to build parts, work on programming, and polish their presentations.

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We’re using our 3-D printer to manufacture parts.

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It will be exciting to see how everything comes together!

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This robot already can follow a line.

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This robot has an impressive device!

We had guests from Queen’s University “Women in Science and Engineering” (WISE) come to present to us about what engineering is and what engineers do.

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They gave us information about a conference for high school girls. For more information, and to register, click here.

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Look Who Came To School Today!

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It was thrilling to hear Chris Hadfield speak of his space flights, and how he followed his dream by making small choices every day.

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He’s a great singer too.

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Make the most of each moment, and don’t be afraid to set high goals. The Sky Is NOT The Limit.

And…. Because it’s Thursday… #tbt here’s a throwback

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These two were quoted as saying “robotics is the gateway drug for our future”

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More Quidditch Practice

Things are picking up around here.

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Our groups are all working hard on the various designs, including CAD.

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We’re working on programming to follow lines

IMG_9735.JPGWe all know that safety is key, even vintage safety.

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We are learning lots of useful skills, deburring is a skill that we use a lot.

IMG_9747.JPGWe’re going over all the rules one more time, looking for loopholes, and thinking up a game strategy.

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We,re taking good care of our owls. This is a unicorn owl….a very rare breed.

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We’re looking forward to December 15th when we will present our robots and compete in the Quidditch Cup.

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Quidditch Practice

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We’re programming our robots to interact with the elements on the Quidditch field.

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We’re also working on creating appendages to manipulate the Quaffles, trap the Snitch, and score lots of points.

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It’s exciting to try out our ideas on the real field.

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Our groups are all working on very different approaches to the task. Here are some of the ideas.

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We are using our CAD skills, and 3D printing all sorts of mechanisms.

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We also have the final tally from the fish fry!

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Thanks everyone for the great support! This was the best one yet.

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Fish Fry

We’ve been hosting Mike Mundell’s Fish Fry Fundraisers for the last few years, and they are always delicious and a lot of fun.

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We had our robot set out for a demo

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And our Quidditch table out for people to see

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The food was delicious!

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many thanks to the chefs!

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Apart from fish and chips we had coleslaw and beans and lots of desserts

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Thanks so much to the K-Bots and their families for helping sell tickets, donating drinks, sides and desserts, for setting up, serving and cleaning up, and helping run our demos.

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We’ll have another Fish Fry in the new year. Hope to see you all there.

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The Field is Here!

We were pretty excited to see our Quidditch field arrive today.

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We looked at the Quaffle dispenser

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And made sure Boebots could drive on the lexan.

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We took measurements to decide how to avoid the beaters

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Our groups got to work, some are planning, others are prototyping.

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While we worked today we had a visitor from the UK come to see what our program is all about. He’s specializing in hands on learning, which is what we do around here!

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We’re having fun and learning a lot!

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