The Pacific Youth Robotics Society will host a professional development workshop for teachers and prospective VEX robotics coaches in Summerland, BC, this June. The workshop will appeal to educators and robotics enthusiasts in the Okanagan and will help spur development of competitive robotics teams in the BC interior.
The workshop is an extension of the successful VEX Professional Development workshops for teachers that have been held in Vancouver for the past three years. Participants will become familiar not just with the technology behind building and programming a VEX robot, but with the strategies and techniques that have proven successful in building competitive robotics teams and getting young people excited about building competitive robots. The workshop will be presented at Summerland Secondary School, where teacher Nick Kast has included the VEX Robotics Competition as part of his classes for the past three years, and will take place on June 27 and 28, 2011.
The workshop will be presented by BCIT Instructor Jason Brett, and British Columbia’s most experienced VEX Robotics coach, Todd Ablett, of Gladstone Secondary School. The workshop has been made possible thanks to funding from the British Columbia “Year of Science” program and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. Details and registration information, including how to have a VEX robot included in workshop registration fees at a reduced rate are available on the Botshop Blog.