Local students taking part in Robotics Challenge

Posted on Tuesday November 15, 2022

Woodstock – Today, 20 teams representing 14 secondary schools are taking part in the Oxford Invitational Youth Robotics Challenge. This marks the 15th year of the competition which is returning after a two-year COVID break.

“It’s amazing to be able to bring back these invaluable opportunities for learning,” said Brad Hammond, Economic Development Officer for the City of Woodstock and co-chair of the competition. “There is such a demand for skilled trades - especially locally. Through these types of competitions, students have the opportunity to problem solve, experiment and collaborate with peers while they gain exposure to career paths they may not have otherwise considered.”

Students will be setting up their projects beginning at 1 p.m. in Goff Hall at the Reeves Community Complex, 381 Finkle St. Judging takes place from 2-4:30 p.m. with presentations taking place from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

“The feedback we get from participants is fantastic. The students get so excited about the challenge of working through the program parameters to come up with creative solutions,” adds Hammond. “It’s also really rewarding to see the number of past participants returning as mentors. It’s clear the program has a lasting impact on these young minds.”

Participants have been working with their teams since September to build and program a robot to complete a real-life robotics scenario. Each team received a Lego Spike Prime Kit to build their robot and no additional materials are permitted. Teams must also present a written report and video outlining their learnings and the challenges they encountered along their journey.

Participant Quotes

Some of the quotes we’ve received from participants this year include:

“The Oxford Invitational Youth Robotics Challenge allows students to engage in task oriented real-life situations that allow cooperation and team work to thrive. Students are encouraged to embrace differences, foster lifelong friendships that will assist them in their future endeavors,” Rob Kowalski, Technology Educator, Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School.

“I’m hoping that the Oxford Invitational Youth Robotics Challenge helps me to discover how to use robots to solve real world issues and open doors for future STEM opportunities,” Tanya Polouchina, Grade 12 student

“The combination of a real-world scenario and realistic design limitations means our team will need creativity and problem-solving skills. It will be interesting for us to see how different teams have approached the problem,” Rehoboth Christian School teacher.

“I love seeing students from different ages and strengths finally have an opportunity to work together again in this challenge after COVID” – St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School teacher.



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