Oshawa Ontario Tech hosting Engineering Competition

Published November 22, 2022 at 12:29 pm

The time has come again for pre-university students to test their science and technology skills in the annual Engineering Robotics Competition.

Every year schools from across the province come to Ontario Tech University to be engineers for a day and this Saturday more than 40 teams will participate in the 15th annual middle school and high school competition, testing students’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills. Over the past two months, student teams used LEGO Mindstorm technologies (programmable robots based on LEGO building blocks) to design, build, program, and test ‘sumo bots’ for a full contact arena battle, with the end goal of being the last robot standing.

Ontario Tech professors, undergraduate, and graduate students are excited to welcome students to the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (gyms 3, 4 and 5) to share their passion for STEM. One organizer for this year’s competition, Sydney Smith, participated in the 2014 robotics competition and decided then that she would pursue software engineering at Ontario Tech. Today, Sydney is a graduate and works as the Engineering Outreach Program Co-ordinator in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences (FEAS).

“I am excited to share my joy of technology and problem solving with this year’s competitors,” says Smith. “It feels like not long ago I was here in the gym cheering on my own sumo bot. It admittedly came nowhere near to winning but the excitement I had was immeasurable.”

The Engineering Robotics Competition is organized by the university’s Engineering Outreach office, which delivers engineering outreach programs to Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in Durham Region and surrounding communities.

The competition will run from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. For more information, contact [email protected].

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