Building Robots at School

Who? What? When? Where? Why?

My name is Jason Brett, and I’m a robot addict.  Fortunately, that’s not a really bad thing, as far as bad things go.  My addiction has been enabled by a few select staff members, and a large group of students at David Thompson Secondary School, in Vancouver, BC, where I have taught for a little over ten years.  We have been building mini-sumo robots for years, and, thanks largely to the support of General Motors Canada, have been able to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Lego League for five years now.  This year we are competing in the VEX Robotics Competition for the first time.  This blog is to document our trip through a year of robotics competitions, in part to help other teachers venturing into teaching robotics, but mostly to get good ideas and suggestions from people who leave comments and ask questions.  Thanks for posting your comments and making this an interactive and interesting experience!

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