KNIGHTS OF ALLOY
************************* Knights of Alloy announces newest member of the team
The Knights of Alloy is always looking for new talent in the form of mentors, coaches, teachers and student team members but is particularly pleased and proud to welcome their newest team member.
The local ADSB robotics team has gratefully welcomed Dr. Roberta Bondar, one of Sault Ste. Marie’s most famous scientists, to its lists of distinguished supporters, as Dr. Bondar has joined the team as honorary patron of the local secondary school team.
By joining the team, this world-famous neurologist, Canada’s first female astronaut, esteemed university professor and famed nature photographer and environmentalist, has offered support and encouragement to this talented group of budding young engineers.
A graduate of Sir James Dunn, Dr. Bondar adds her name to a growing list of local professionals who have been assisting in many aspects of the development of this blossoming program - giving local secondary school students an environment that encourages them to explore science, technology, engineering and computer skills in an extra-curricular team activity.
The local ADSB enterprise, now in its eighth year of building robots, recently wrapped up its efforts to create this year’s competition robot and will soon journey to two of the FIRST league’s regional qualifying competitions.
Their first efforts will take place in Waterloo, Ontario March 25 to 27 and their second qualifier will occur over the Easter weekend in Mississauga, Ontario.
The team expects to meet Dr. Bondar during the Mississauga tournament, where she will add her encouragement and support to the team.
The qualifier competitions will give The Knights of Alloy an opportunity to gain an invitation to the World FIRST Robotics Championships, in Atlanta Georgia in mid-April.
The team has attended this prestigious event in three of its last five years, showing an ever-increasing ability to produce highly competitive and robust machines.
Last year, the team earned an invitation to the championships by winning the Engineering Inspiration Award, a judges’ award that recognizes exceptional engineering connections within the community, strong engineering practices in team organization and manufacturing methods, plus a strongly engineered robot design.
The team will be trying to win this award once again as it returns to Mississauga, the same location where they won this award last year.
[Click here to visit Dr. Bondar's website.]