LSS’s VEX EDR and VEX IQ robots (Jacob Hardy photo)

LSS students ready to compete at district wide robotics competition

Students will showcase their engineering savvy with VEX robotics

Students from Ladysmith Secondary School (LSS), will be competing in the second annual SD68 robotics competition and showcase.

The competition takes place at John Barsby Community Secondary in Nanaimo on Friday, May 24, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Students will showcase their engineering savvy with VEX robotics, a system designed for hands-on learning in the classroom. LSS has worked on two types of VEX systems, the EDR, an integrated system of motors, wheels, and metal, and the VEX IQ, which is primarily plastic based.

LSS teacher of careers and robotics, Jacob Hardy inherited the role of the LSS robotics program from a previous teacher who ordered the kits. Hardy has been leading LSS’s robotics program for two years and says it has provided a valuable learning experience to students.

“Anything between mechanical engineering, electronics, basic design thinking between testing, prototyping, and of course releasing it to see what actually happens. A lot of it goes through a design thinking process… I really try to get them to think about an engineer’s process. Everything has been tested, built, and prototyped, so why wouldn’t we do that here?” Hardy said.

The students’ passion for robotics is heightened in context of the competition. In preparation for the district wide competition, LSS students compete in the classroom to develop the best designs.

RELATED: Students battle in Pacific Northwest robotics competition

“You find that they become very passionate about what they do,” Hardy said. “If they see another student building something beyond what they are able to do, they’ll take ideas, they’ll take inspiration, rebuild, redefine, and continue to build on top of their ideas until they’re happy with their design.”

Students who succeed in the classroom competitions win not only bragging rights, but they also earn a spot at the district competition. LSS is one of the top competitions in the district competition. They took first place for the VEX IQ category last year.

Hardy is looking to build on the success of LSS’s robotics program in future years, and hopes that all LSS students will have the opportunity to learn robotics.

“I’d like to see every student that comes through Ladysmith at least have a chance to understand engineering and robotics. I feel that as we progress as a society things like robotics, AI, and basic engineering are going to be so important to society… having an opportunity is just huge for these kids,” Hardy said.

Just Posted

Driver of stolen vehicle caught after fleeing accident scene in Chemainus

Section of Chemainus Road closed until suspect located and eventually taken into custody

Crofton Alternate Water Supply Project eliminates boil water advisories

System takes away the need to utilize Crofton Lake in the event of a disruption to mill source

Chemainus sea walk plans get a boost

North Cowichan to sign right-of-way agreements with VIHA

Local beekeeper wants residents to use pesticides more responsibly

Paula Masyk has kept bees for a little over two months, and has had two pesticide events since then

VIDEO: Rare white killer whale captured by drone near Campbell River

The transient orca has been named Tl’uk, a Coast Salish word that means ‘moon.’

RCMP deploys special unit in Comox Valley to combat organized crime

Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit spends four days targeting organized crime in Courtenay

B.C. imposes interim moratorium on resource development to protect caribou

The caribou population in northeastern B.C. has dwindled over the last two decades

Students disciplined after anti-LGBTQ signs posted in Kamloops high school

Vessy Mochikas, SD73’s principal for inclusive education, called incident a learning opportunity

Air Canada expects Boeing 737 Max to resume flying by September or October

Air Canada isn’t worried about safety of the planes, says vice-president

‘The Fonz’ gives thumbs up in letter to dyslexic students at B.C. school

Students in Maple Ridge reached out to Henry Winkler after reading one his Zipster books.

Late-night summer sailings to Horseshoe Bay won’t connect with buses

B.C. Ferries advises passengers on 10:40 p.m. sailings to look at other transportation options

Chinook fishery not ‘closed’ in area is message from guides

Conservative MP holds town halls on Vancouver Island to hear stakeholders’ concerns

PHOTOS: MP Mark Warawa loses brief battle with cancer

The Conservative Member of Parliament and long-time community advocate died in hospice this morning

Most Read