Girls gear up for robot festival
June 17, 2008 · Updated 2:32 PM
Lego Robotics Festival for Girl happens Feb. 17
Many children have likely imagined that a robot could one day clean their room for them or do their homework.
Teaching girls how to assemble and operate simple robots is the intention of the Lego Robotics Festival for Girls set for next Saturday, Feb. 17 at the University of Victoria.
While the robots may not be able to do chores, the complex machines can be programed to walk, kick and even dance.
The event was postponed in October 2006 when not enough students applied.
A lack of interest wasnt to blame, said organizer Anissa Agah St. Pierre. Planning the event around a three-day weekend was more likely the cause.
Workshop participants will use Lego Mindstorms NXT, a kit designed to allow children to build and program robots. Aimed at girls in Grade 6-12, the festival is meant to show them that engineering can be fun, organizers said.
The Lego Robotics Festival for Girls takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Engineering/Computer Science building, room 250. The cost of the workshop is $20 and lunch and snacks will be provided.
For more information or to register visit http://wecs.uvic.ca/ or call 472-5851.