The first event of the BC/Washington State VEX Robotics Competition Season is always one of the most exciting. The field is open for anyone to win as new teams come out to play a new game, and no one has yet had the chance to optimize their designs or strategies. PYRS will be organizing a bus for Canadian teams travelling to the event. Details TBA.
The Pacific Youth Robotics Society will be on hand for two upcoming events at the Telus World of Science, in Vancouver. On Friday, October 14, 2011, PYRS representatives will join others in the BC kickoff to National Science and Technology Week. On the evening of Tuesday, October 18, PYRS will be presenting at Science World as part of the “Future Science Leaders High School Competition Trade Show”, encouraging bright young minds to get involved with a range of science and technology challenges and competitions.
PYRS looks forward to working with Science World to help encourage young people to expore the joys and challenges presented by science and technology.
Get a head start on the 2011 VEX Season at B.C.’s first ever “Ideas Factory”
Gladstone Secondary teacher and veteran VEX robotics coach Todd Ablett received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence today in Ottawa. Mr. Ablett is in Ottawa this week, meeting with the Prime Minister and delivering a presentation on how VEX robotics has helped his students and his school.
Mr. Ablett has taught at Gladstone Secondary for the past 13 years and was specifically recognized for his work over the past six years in helping to build a strong VEX Robotics Competition program across BC. In addition to coaching twenty VEX teams at his school, Mr. Ablett has presented workshops and organized competitions for other schools in British Columbia. His students have also done exceptionally well at the VEX Robotics World Championships for the past three years, most recently ranking second place overall in the Programming Skills Challenge.
“This really isn’t about me, ” explained Ablett, “while it is an individual award, I really feel that it represents the collective success we are having with our students in schools across B.C.”