Robotics class hopes to compete, obtain sponsors

Eight students from Katy Lloyd’s robotics class at Centre Wellington District High School (CWDHS) gathered in a hallway on Dec. 17 for the first driving test of their robot.

“Sparky” as they call it, is a project they are working on in hopes of competing at the Skills Canada regional competition in March.

“It’s been a really great group collaborative effort,” said Lloyd.

Students showed their excitement for the test, even if there were a few more bugs to figure out. However, the project has been expensive. Lloyd explained this is the first year for the robot, so she had to use her budget to purchase all new tools and other items to start the build.

So far, the cost has been around $5,000, so Lloyd is looking for corporate sponsors for the program.

“They can help us pay to finish the ‘bot and cover the expenses we’ve had along the way,” she said.

Any donation to the school’s robotics program would be tax deductible, she added.

Lloyd commented the group would not have gotten this far into the program without the support of the staff and administration at CWDHS.