Students explore the fundamentals of robotics, industry-leading software at JFR
November 10, 2017
GUELPH, Ontario – Students in the Upper Grand are getting hands-on experience in the rapidly growing field of robotics.
This semester, John F. Ross CVI Computer Technology teacher Jamie Levely has adopted the VEX Robotics program to enrich and enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The VEX program allows for the seamless integration of curriculum and hardware in the classroom.
As part of a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) and Take Tech initiative, students explore the fundamentals of robotics and the engineering design process, while learning to use industry-leading CAD software, and VEX Classroom and Competition Robotics Kits.
The program includes introductory lessons using the VEX EDR System, which offers 13 units that include topics such as engineering design, CAD, object manipulation, power transmission, drivetrains and system integration.
Students walk through the design process and build a robot to play a sport-like game, while also learning key STEM principles and robotics concepts. At the culmination of the class, they compete head-to-head against their peers in the classroom, or on the world stage in the VEX Robotics Competition.
Mr. Levely is a former Robotics Engineering Technologist/Engineer with more than 20 years of Aerospace Robotics experience. He also brings with him a true passion to inspire students with new technology.
The passion and skills around robotics at Ross continues to grow. This past March, the Ross Robotics club competed at the 2017 Roboticon challenge, placing third and ninth out of thirty two teams.