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While people in Kincardine who have followed the Kinetic Knights robotics team, know what a great program it is for not only teaching technical skills but also teamwork, communications, and collaboration, the program is less well known in the surrounding area, with the closest teams being in Stayner and Elmira. The Kinetic Knights are now working to change that.
On Saturday June 11, thirty five people from all around the area came and learned about what FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is all about, as well as the whole range of programs for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Area students and parents learned about FIRST robotics programs during a workshop held by the Kinetic Knights
With presentations, workshops and demonstrations, adults and kids from Owen Sound, Saugeen First Nation, Port Elgin, Wingham and Hanover, got to meet and learn from the students on the Kincardine team, Team 781, about how to start and participate on teams. There was also interest from Walkerton, Teeswater and Listowel as they wanted more information even though they could not attend.
At the same time, team members travelled to Owen Sound to set up a display at the Rotary District Conference and speak to Rotarians from around the area about how they can support youth development in their communities, through the FIRST robotics programs.
If all goes well this fall, the Kinetic Knights and the local FIRST LEGO League teams will have company as others join in on this program.
Team 781 - the Kinetic Knights is a group of 30 high school aged students, based in Kincardine, who participate in a robotics program as part of FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Since 2002, they have worked hard to represent themselves, their donors and their community across the province and, for the last 6 years in a row, on the world stage at championships.
Formerly based at KDSS, the team is now a community based team with members from other schools as well as home-schooled students. You can see their distinctive green shirts around the area giving back to the community.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016