November 26, 2016 5:44 pm
Updated: November 26, 2016 6:00 pm

Edmonton high school students ‘starstruck’ at robotic competition

Students compete in the second annual Edmonton Regional VEX Competition, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.

Craig Ryan, Global News
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Tech-savvy high school students from around Edmonton and the surrounding area put their robotic skills to the test Saturday.

NAIT hosted the Edmonton Regional Starstruck Robotics Challenge, where over 100 students faced off to see who could come up with the best innovative robot designs.

“This is a great way for them to try their skills in a number of different areas to potentially lead to a career,” event director Neil Wenger said.

“It gives them an opportunity to try some programming, try some mechanical assembly, so there’s a number of potential careers they can take.”

An engineer challenge was presented to students. With help from teachers and mentors, students used the VEX Robotics Design System to build innovative robots designed to score the most points.

“We’re seeing more and more out there, with autonomous cars and things like that on the horizon. These kind of jobs in robotics and automation and this type are going to be huge in the next five to 10 years,” Wenger said.

The regional competition is a lead up to the provincial competition in February.

 

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