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Future Engineers Unleashed: Squamish Welcome Centre hosts first robotics boot camp

Code and Circuitry: Squamish Robotics Bootcamp cultivates young tech enthusiasts.
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Mateo Rodriguez Reid and Mark Chen with their robot in-progress.

Robotics can be fun, as local youth learned in a recent boot camp. 

The camp, which was a first for the Squamish Welcome Centre, was held from May 2nd to June 20th.

According to a news release, six students from Grades 9 to 11 participated in the pilot program.

"The program was 100% free for students thanks to Greg Gardner Motors, who provided funding for the microcontroller kits, and Gabriel Robinson-Leith, who volunteered his time to lead the program," the release states.

Robinson-Leith is currently an engineering project manager at Quantum Technology in Squamish.

At the camp, students learned how to design an electric circuit, and they were taught about digital and analog signals and how to program a microcontroller to interact with digital sensors and actuators.

The students then formed teams and worked on microcontroller projects of their own.

The release states that the first team developed an automated pet feeder, which used a push button to dispense cat food. 

The second team created a motion detector alarm system to protect their room from a sibling's prying eyes.

The Squamish Welcome Centre plans to run another Robotics Bootcamp in the fall.

Watch for news about it on the Squamish Welcome Centre Instagram page or sign up for the events mailing list by emailing: info@welcomesquamish.ca.

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