Using a robotic arm to pop a balloon.

Robotics competition draws immense interest from district schools

Next year will be even bigger

The first Kitimat-hosted Zone 01 robotics competition was so successful that other schools in the district have expressed their interest in holding another competition next year.

The competition ran on Monday, May 7, at Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School and involved 49 students in 19 teams from three different schools, Nechako Elementary, St. Anthony’s and MEMSS.

Competition sponsor Rio Tinto BC Works spokesperson Eve Normandin said the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) leaders and teachers in schools are the link between industry and students to advocate for the students to consider careers in STEM fields.

“These are the people that are educating our children, the future employees of Rio Tinto. It was also a great opportunity for Rio Tinto employees, more specifically our automation team, to engage with our local schools and be involved in a STEM initiative with the next generation,” said Normandin.

“Partnerships like these, between a non-profit organization, schools and Rio Tinto, are fundamentally important to us and we believe education is critical to a productive, active and informed society.”

She said BC Works had received requests from other schools to be part of another robotics competition in Kitimat following last week’s competition.

“Because this was a one-year sponsorship, Zone 01 robotics has to put in another application for next year, which could potentially include other schools,” said Normandin.

Email the newsroom

Visit our Facebook page

Typos? Email the editor!


CAN she do it?

(Photos Gerry Leibel)

Just Posted

Terrace Minor Softball closes season with wins

Teams with be competing in nationals in Saskatoon

Malicious Monster Truck Tour returns to Northwest

Crowds gathered at the airport for show

Northern B.C.’s Ridley coal terminal sold, Canada divests, First Nations to own portion

Ten per cent of shares transferred to the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation

Skeena mainstem closed to recreational sockeye

Escapements expected to be below 800,000 threshold

VIDEO: B.C. MLA Michelle Stilwell takes first steps in nearly 30 years

‘It actually felt like walking. It’s been 27 years… but it felt realistic to me’

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Dog recovering after being drenched in hot coffee, B.C. man charged

Man was taken into custody, charged, and released pending a court date

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

Science expedition to Canada’s largest underwater volcano departs Vancouver Island

Crews prepared for a two-week research mission to the Explorer Seamount

B.C. shipyard to get one-third of $1.5 billion frigate-repair contract

The federal government has promised to invest $7.5 billion to maintain the 12 frigates

Worried about bats? Here’s what to do if you come across one in B.C.

Bat expert with the BC Community Bat Program urges caution around the small creatures

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence

Most Read