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Photo from the 2014 Robo•Junior 2-on-2 Soccer Competition

Robotics at Elizabeth Ballantyne School

Teaching Robotics at EBS started over nine years ago with the use of RCX kits. When Lego introduced the NXT, Elizabeth Ballantyne was one of the first schools in the English Montreal School Board to incorporate them into their Robotics Club. This year we are very well equipped, with a dozen EV3 kits that allow over twenty-five students to enjoy building and programming robots that compete in soccer, search and rescue, dance, and triathlon games. All cycle 3 students at Elizabeth Ballantyne School are encouraged to join the Robotics Club. The students who join the club must demonstrate the motivation to learn, the commitment to come on regular basis, and the readiness to work in a group and have fun. They will enjoy a vibrant and hands-on Robotics Club that meets once a week. This select group of students will work hard to represent our school at the Robo-Junior Competition held each year. For several years now, EBS students have competed in the annual Robo-Junior Competition organized by the Educational Alliance for Science and Technology (EAST). Our teams perform very well in the Robo-Junior OnStage, Search and Rescue, and Soccer competitions, bringing home a medal every year. The school covers all costs associated with the club, as well as the fees for joining the competitions. The Robotics Club is under the supervision of two EBS teachers, Kayla Gribbon and Ryan Clarke, with the assistance of student volunteers from Royal West Academy.