Article by Mayako Kruger

Robolution is an annual event where the Robotics Club shows off the creativity, talent, and hard work of its students to the entire ISM community, in collaboration with other clubs including Design Tech and Art. It was held in the Little Theater on April 6th, 2018 with students from grades seven through 12 exhibiting their original creations.

The goal of the event was to showcase the power of robotics and applying knowledge from classes and the club to create something others will enjoy. Most years, an obvious fan favourite is the fire breathing robot. Elementary schoolers especially are glued to the stadium where this famous robot drives.

Not only were there beauteous robots to look at, but also functional ones like the TotBot, a machine which looks like an artificial hand and pick things up with a push of the button. When asked about how he came up with the idea, Totten H, a 7th grader said, “I watched a video online while looking for ideas and took inspiration from it.” With such a great product comes the great amount of time and effort dedicated to the task of making it work smoothly. He stated that “the hardest part was making it from scratch and having no instructions because I’m used to having step by step instructions in class”.

More advanced robots included MiniBots, an arcade game together with lighting and robots as players. Junior Zach L. created this game which combined together aspects from the three types of robotics offered in high school: Engineering, Autonomous, and Makers. The actual robots were made from VEX parts often used in robotics for engineers while the scoreboard was created with pieces from makers robotics. Lastly, the lighting component was taken from his previous knowledge from the class autonomous robotics. Although he had taken the course before, wiring the lighting underneath the gameboard was still the hardest part.

BT and the rest of the ISM community would like to offer a hearty congratulations to Raina S., the winner of the Arduino category, Jason C. and Peter S. winners of VEX, and Zach L. for the first place Multi-Microcontroller. This year’s Robolution/Maker Faire was a tremendous success, and we look forward to the event next year!

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