Young minds impress at robotics competition at the University of Waterloo

WATERLOO — Elisa Knight can explain the mechanics behind her team's robot, and the strategy involved in the tasks it faces, with the precision of an engineer.

There's mention of the challenges posed by a faulty gear box, and of the strategic advantage inherent in being able to lift and carry another robot. There's also talk of the three "power ups" available to be played — levitate, force and boost.

It's all, admittedly, somewhat confusing to the non-robotically inclined. It's all the more impressive when you consider that Knight is in Grade 10.

The Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute student is part of a community team, about 40 to 50 members strong, fielding an entry at the annual FIRST Robotics Competition. The Ontario district event, featuring 32 teams with students from across the province, took place at the University of Waterloo on Friday and Saturday.

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Victoria Krisman
Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist and Communications Manager for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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