High school robotics teams bring skills, thrills and spills to annual competition
Thirty teams from across Ontario, New York and Michigan will show off their skill and ingenuity on Saturday, November 11 in the hopes of bringing home the coveted STEMley Cup. The teams will drive their student-built robots on a steampunk themed rink at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School competing in a series of 3 vs. 3 robot matches for the privilege of hoisting the STEMley (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Cup trophy.
This is the third year that the robotics teams from St. Mary and Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary Schools have worked together to host the STEMley Cup Championship presented by ArcelorMittal Dofasco. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) endorsed competition is expected to attract more than 800 students and spectators who have travelled from as far as North Bay, ON and Capac, MI.
This year’s FIRST Robotics Competition challenge, Steamworks, invites high school teams to work together in an era in which technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate long-distance race. Alliances of three robots each race each other to collect fuel (whiffle balls) to build steam pressure, deliver gears to pilots on the airships to start rotors, and guide their robot to climb a rope to prepare for flight – all within a two-and-a-half-minute match.
The FIRST Robotics Challenge is intended to inspire students to pursue studies and exciting careers in science, technology, engineering and math. It involves a different game and set of rules every year. The 2018 challenge which will be announced world-wide by FIRST on January 6, 2018.
The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board supports the development of FIRST programs in its elementary and secondary schools to inspire students to explore studies and careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.