IGHE 2018 CANADA YOUTH ROBOTICS PROGRAM

Program Background

On the afternoon of May 20 2018, the International Drone Association for the Youth (iDAY) and the Centre for Aerial Robotics Research & Education (CARRE) at the University of Toronto co-sponsored the exciting and innovative “2018 Second International Youth Drone Competition Canada Finals” held at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). This program was a great success among students and faculty alike. The top five participants in the Canadian Division final round received a full scholarship to participate in and represent Canada at the Second Juvenile Drone Finals held in Shenzhen, China in July 2018.

 

 

Why Drones?

Today’s era is marked by a massive boom in cutting-edge technology, a prominent one being the rise of drone technology. The application of drones is far-reaching, significantly impacting a wide array of fields. The International Juvenile Drone Competition is aimed at cultivating scientific literacy in young minds, improving the youth’s spirit of innovation, expanding their international perspective and awareness, as well as promoting the exchange of scientific and technological innovation and education.

 

IGHE Collaboration

Following the success of the 2018 Youth Drone Program, IGHE partnered with the program organizers to host the Canada Youth Robotics Program in August, 2018 at a prestigious private school in Toronto, Canada. Our co-organizers for this exciting Program were:

  • International Drone Association for Youth (iDAY): A non-profit organization whose goal is to raise awareness about Science and Technology among today’s youth.

  • Center for Aerial Robotics Research & Education (CARRE): The Carre, at the University of Toronto, aims to expand as well as unify research and teaching activities related to the emerging field of aerial robotics and develop new technologies.

  • Canadian Century Private School: This prestigious private school adheres to the mission of providing students with a safe and caring learning environment, utilizing the most renowned Montessori-based education.

The focus of our Drone program was to inculcate qualities of teamwork, critical thinking, courage, curiosity and creativity in our participants. Hence we kept the following features central to the program:

  • DIY (do it yourself) lessons and tutorials, so the participants can get a practical and in-depth understanding of drone technology.

  • Curriculum that was suitable for both novice and more experienced drone enthusiasts.

  • Lesson plans to encourage students to work within small teams to achieve common goals.

  • A safe and friendly learning platform to deliver a program that exceeds client expectations.

 

“Drone Flying” Competition

We designed this camp to introduce modern day STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills for students in and out of the classroom! The program included hands-on Robotics lessons and training, building drones in teams, testing and troubleshooting, and finally competing with other teams in a “Drone Flying” competition. The students participated in the pre-competition preparations, got a first-hand “Drone-building” experience, and then received scores to determine the winning teams.

After an afternoon of intense endeavors and fierce competition, the top three teams were selected by the judges and announced to the entire group. At the end of the course, students received a Certificate of Completion from the esteemed University of Toronto Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering Institute.

 

A Successful Conclusion

The Canada Youth Robotics Program was a great success, like its predecessors. Our participants had a wonderful two weeks in Toronto, learning about Robotics and drone technology, meeting new people to form long-term friendships with like-minded peers, and experiencing Canadian lifestyle and culture.