For the first time, Sacred Heart competed in the Provincial RoboFest Championship hosted in a virtual format by Acadia University. This international competition, created by Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI, is designed to get young people excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) and Computer Science, while developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills to prepare them for higher education and careers in technology. Teams are required to program a robot to perform designated tasks without adult intervention of any kind.
We were thrilled to have three teams compete from across the Senior School, and especially to see an all-girls team! The Grade 9 boys team which consisted of Tommy, Nathaniel, Tony, George, and John Z; the Grade 11-12 boys team included Omar, Robert, Rocco, and Mirai, supported by Franklin and Sam B; and the Grade 9-10 girls team included Hannah, Aarushi, MJ, and Monica.
Each team was given two minutes in each round of play (which had slightly different factors to consider) to locate five rolls of toilet paper on a playing area, bring them to a designated location, and stack them. Teams received points for each completed component.
All our teams performed very well, especially considering that approximately half of the team members were brand new to any form of robotics. The Grade 9 boys had a noteworthy performance in the second round, earning one of the highest scores of the competition.
The energy and enthusiasm all three teams brought to the short competition season was contagious, and we can't wait to carry that excitement forward into what will hopefully be a much longer season next year!
Big thanks to coaches Ms. Leadbetter and Mr. MacHattie, and to Ms. Spears, Mr. MaCallum, and Sr. Wachter who helped out on the day of the competition.