35 students, 6 teachers and 2 incredible sponsors. Just a few of the things KLDCS Robotics has this year. Students range from grade 7 students doing local competitions to grade 12 students competing at the provincial level. It’s not all about competitions though. Students can also do fun projects such as robotic skidoos, hydroponic growing systems and even prototype mining vehicles. Their main sponsor is McLaren Automotive whose generous donation allowed them to buy new equipment and tools. They also got an unconventional donation of a steady supply of pizza from Topper’s Pizza in Kirkland Lake to keep students well fed at practice.
Dan Kurz is head coach and this is what he has to say about the club.“It’s been a really exciting year. With the help of our sponsors and the other coaches, we have seen a lot of growth in the students and while competitions are fun, robotics is really about building resilience, innovation and collaboration. I’m really proud of all of the students and think we have a strong foundation for the future of robotics in Kirkland Lake.” As more and more jobs are being replaced by robots, knowing how to program, build and ﬁx robots will be a very valuable skill and KLDCS Robotics is a great place to start.
Story by Theodore Kurz, Grade 7 Student at KLDCS