Young students at FMCHS robotics competition
Two exciting events were hosted last month by Father Mercredi Community High School team in Fort McMurray. One was a VEX Robotics Tournament, world’s Northernmost VEX tournament, held on January 14. The winners were two of the school’s teams, which qualified for the North American VEX championships in Iowa April 4-8, 2017. The tournament was attended by First Lego League students as well, who participated in a programming Maze and Sumo match competition. The other event where the FMCHS teams spread their love for robotics, was the well-attended Grade 6 Open House Day on January 30.
OLS team designing their new project
The past few weeks have been eventful for the OLS team in Canmore! They have been busy brainstorming and researching project ideas using design thinking methods, as part of the Berkeley Program. Recently, they converged on two topics: Degradation of plastics and Microbial Fuel Cells. It’s great how everyone, including the team’s mentors, can follow and contribute to the ideation and discovery process, which is all documented on Google drive. Excellent work OLS, and great job at keeping everyone in the loop!
OLS students using AMINO’s DNA Playground
New bioengineering kits from AMINO labs are being tested by the OLS team from Canmore – with excellent results! After gaining some practice with the virtual bioengineer simulator, the team went ahead and used the DNA Playground to introduce a new DNA program into bacteria – which turned the bacteria pink! Designed for beginners with no prior experience in molecular biology, the AMINO equipment and kits are student-friendly and will help our new middle-school and high-school teams jump-start their journey in synthetic biology.
Working with Raspberry Pi tanks at Ross Shep HS
Ross Sheppard High-School team in Edmonton is making headway with their cool project that sends self-driving Raspberry Pi tanks to collect data around the school. Once the Pi tanks have successfully accomplished their surveillance mission, the team plans to move on to drones. Their goal for the season? Sending self-flying quad-copters to film the school’s summer festival from above. We are SO excited for them and can’t wait for the video footage!