Robotic boot camp at CPIT

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14 Mar 2014

CPIT has teamed up with the country’s leading robotics educators to bring robots to South Island students.

The New Zealand Robotics Charitable Trust, known as the Kiwibots, was formed to inspire interest in science and technology in schools by bringing the VEX robotics programme to New Zealand.

The programme allows secondary school students to build robots and compete in competitions. The best teams can go on to compete at a national or international level.

Over the past few years, the Kiwibots have had limited participation in Canterbury due to the earthquakes. However, CPIT has now stepped up to be the Kiwibots’ primary partner in the South Island.

The first Kiwibots bootcamp was held at CPIT in mid-March in the CPSA building. At the two-day bootcamp, a group of over 70 students, ranging in schooling from Year 8 to Year 13, designed and built their own robots with the help of tutors. They then tested the robots in a series of games.

CPIT Head of Engineering and Architectural Studies, Michael Edmonds, says VEX is an exciting way to get students interested in engineering and computing.

Robotic camp

“By promoting the Kiwibots we can encourage interest in engineering and computer programming.”

CPIT Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) co-ordinator Miranda Satterthwaite says the bootcamp was a great success.

“It was a really positive weekend and the students seemed to really enjoy themseleves,” she says.

“I look forward to an ongoing partnership with the Kiwibots.”

Chris Hamling, the National Manager for the Kiwibots says that "having CPIT supporting the nationwide competition signifies a great step forward and that Christchurch will benefit from the groundswell of passion for STEM that the VEX competition is generating".

CPIT will be holding a robot ‘scrimmage’ every month and two to three bootcamps every year.