Selkirk GLOWS West Kootenay & Boundary Science Fair

Selkirk College Regional Science Fair

Hosted by GLOWS and Selkirk College, the Regional Science Fair taking place Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus Gymnasium is an opportunity for selected students to showcase their exemplary work.

The West Kootenay & Boundary Regional Science Fair gives top students from around the region an opportunity to showcase their select science experiments, studies, research or innovation projects to be judged by volunteers from various science professions.

Explore the world around you through inquiry-based learning! All Grade K to 12 students in School Districts 8, 10, 20, and 51 qualify. More than 100 youth are selected at the school level to enter in the annual West Kootenay & Boundary Regional Science Fair.

Why Participate in the West Kootenay & Boundary Regional Science Fair?

Science fair participation increases youth understanding and use of scientific inquiry and offers direct feedback on student projects, including research, experimentation and innovation. It also showcases local science education and career opportunities and allows youth to connect with science professionals working in a variety of fields.

Take an in-depth look at topics that are of interest by developing a science project in one of the following categories:

  • Innovation – Design and test new devices, models, theories, or method in any science discipline.
  • Research – Written study of a question of scientific interest.
  • Study – Analyze collections of data using accepted scientific methods.
  • Experiment – Actively test a hypothesis by experimental methods.

Find out all of the information HERE!

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Friday Maker Fun! Arduino Robotics Inspiration

The wheels are starting to turn with our innovative Kootenay/Boundary youngsters as this year’s Selkirk College GLOWS RoboGames draws nearer.  mBot robotics kits will be available for pick up by March 12 (do NOT forget about Spring Break kicking off March 16th!) and you can check out dates and times for your community HERE.

Here’s what you’ll get in your kit:

bot kit unassembled 2018 RoboGames

mBot is the kit supplied by RoboGames. It’s an all-in-one solution to enjoy the hands-on experience of programming, electronics, and robotics.

Meantime, as plans are being masterminded, we thought to have a little Friday Fun and provide some robotics inspiration using a little DIY elbow grease along with the Arduino brains.

Make your first Arduino robot!

Here’s a great project for beginner’s guide to making your first Arduino robot.  Smart phone controlled, wall follower and obstacle avoiding robot. A cute little guy with a simple plastic container to hold his innards!

You can find all the steps HERE!

Robotic Arm from Recycled Materials

Tea anyone?!  Here’s an incredible robotic arm to help you with a few easy tasks around the house.

The possibilities are endless as to how to build a robotic arm and you can make them from just about anything – if you’re super innovative and motivated you could come to MIDAS and learn how to print it in 3D!

The fundamental mechanical aspects of this simple robotic arm are created from recycled materials along with for the electronic design.

Click HERE to build yours!

3D printed Otto DIY and Arduino Bluetooth robot

A little more ambitious perhaps, but if you have access to a 3D printer, easily possible!

The building of this little dude does get a little more involved, and packs a ton of punch:  “Otto DIY with steroids” equipped with Bluetooth, APP, switch, touch sensors, strength and sound detection.  An impressively simple little powerhouse!

Learn how to bring this guy to life HERE!

Inspired?  We hope so!

If you’re an adult and want to nurture and encourage STEAM innovation in our local kids, click HERE to see how you can be a part of this year’s RoboGames!

Are you a Kootenay/Boundary young person looking to get involved in robotics and participate in this year’s RoboGames!  Click HERE for more information and to register.