Axiom is proud to sponsor the Aurora High School Aurobots robotics team and provide support to students interested in pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Last year the Aurora High School Aurobots made it to the provincial championship, and they are excited about taking part in their first round of competitions in March. The FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competitions combine the energy of sporting events with science and technology, giving students a chance to demonstrate their design and engineering skills at Canada’s largest high school robotics competition.
The team of students and teacher mentors from Aurora High held an appreciation event Feb. 25, and as a sponsor, Axiom was on hand to see the team reveal the robot they will be competing with this year. Expanding on what they learned from their rookie year in 2019, the team has added functionality to their robot – it can now swerve in addition to moving forward, backward and side to side.
Students receive the rules for the design and build of their robot in January, but are not given any blueprints to follow. In competition, the robot is required to take in and shoot cargo (a volleyball) as well as climb and spin a wheel.
Amanda Bishop is president of the Aurobots and says being part of the team is about more than just building the robot – the diverse group of contribute their talents across four departments: programming, engineering, business and design. By encouraging participation in different areas, the hope is more students will consider careers in engineering and computer programming.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to get more interested in STEM programs,” says Bishop who is interested in pursuing engineering after graduation this year.
The team also includes younger members who are shadowing the student heads of the departments. All skill levels are welcomed, whether they are technical or non-technical, for example some students handle marketing, social media and other business needs of the team.
Boran Seckin is the head of engineering for the group and has been involved with robotics programs for the last eight years. He plans to study computer engineering at university next year.
The team has a statement of core values that promotes inclusiveness no matter their race, religion, gender, or economic background, interests or skill level, and to encourage more girls to get involved in STEM and help close the gender gap.
The group is also supported by nine Aurora High teachers who mentor the students in all aspects of the development of the robot and in competition.
The Aurobots team will be competing at Georgian College in Barrie March 6 to 8 and York University March 20 to 22.