RoboGames Mentorship: In preparation for the 2018 RoboGames, Selkirk College is providing training to local adults to support and nurture innovation in regional youth eager to participate in this growing young maker phenomenon!
In 2010, KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology) and the Nelson Tech Club (NTC), led by NTC founder and Director of MIDAS, Brad Pommen, joined forces with six Kootenay Boundary middle schools to initiate the first Annual Robogames.
Twenty four students participated in the first RoboGames event. This year, it is anticipated that over 150 youth will participate in the innovative robotics fun!
Over the past eight years, these innovative and fun games for West Kootenay/Boundary youth have grown, and since 2016, when the event was moved to Selkirk College, they have continued to flourish!
To be more and more successful each year, this event promoting and encouraging science & technology for local young people, aged 6-18, has relied significantly on the participation of adult mentors committed to the vision.
“Robotics offers a unique way to engage youth in science and technology,” says Pommen. “The mentorship network is imperative to all this happening.”
To ensure that mentors are prepared for the demands – and fun! – mentoring young innovators, Selkirk College Community Education & Workplace Training (CEWT) offers thorough mentor training.
Enthusiasm, not experience, required!
No previous experience is required. The program hosted a successful mentor training last fall and looks forward to educating another group of adults from various backgrounds. From teachers embracing new curriculum with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Applied Math, Art and Applied Design to simply parents eager to keep up with their savvy child, robots are fun and exciting for everyone!
“RoboGames provides the skills for youth to learn design, programming and assembly of robotics. No other program in the region provides these basic tools in a simple, yet effective fashion. Youth are quick to adopt and grow their ideas, bringing them back into the classroom. Mentors are essential to support students overcome obstacles and provide assistance – the RoboGames mentor training ensures that every team can be supported within their own school or tech club.”
Through the day-long training, mentors learn how to design, build, program and compete in the RoboGames so as to provide the required support. First-time users or experienced builders will benefit from this focused hands-on session where Arduino and robotics are presented as learning tools for all ages.
This course will be led by Brad Pommen, Nelson Tech Club president, who has taught hundreds of people of all ages how to code, design and adopt emerging technologies in the local community since 2010.
Brad, having taught hundreds of people of all ages how to code, design, and adopt emerging tech in this community will be leading the course.
“We take the adult through the entire process from unboxing your robot to assembly to programming so that they can mentor students in their communities to do the same thing,” says Pommen.
If you have an existing robotics kit, great! Bring it with you! If you do not, you will be able to purchase one through the training. A laptop and/or handheld device (iPad/iPhone/Android) can connect your robot via Bluetooth or Wifi and will need to be supplied.
- Saturday, March 10 from 8:30am to 3:30pm
- Nelson & District Youth Centre, 608 Lake Street, Nelson
- $115 + GST
Need a robot kit? Brad has you covered! A robot kit can be purchased at class for $125 + GST/PST. To purchase in advance contact firstname.lastname@example.org
RoboGames is hosted by GLOWS at Selkirk College. GLOWS provides community-based workshops, events, initiatives, and outreach in rural communities for youth ages 5 to 19 throughout the Kootenay/Boundary region.