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Meet Joe Willis

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Described by Jay Ingram as the “most remarkable young maker” that he has EVER seen, we are proud to introduce Joe Willis: Beakerhead’s much adored and hyper-talented youth ambassador.


L: What are you making/ building these days?

J: I have so many projects on the go that I don’t know where to start. The list of completed projects is much, much shorter. When it came time to prepare for CYSF 2013 I sadly couldn’t include everything that I had prepared. It was tough to cut some things out. Even then my trifold board was barely visible behind all the stuff I wanted to exhibit. When I go to places like Western Canada Robot Society (WCRS) or the Botzone, I am like a pinball, bouncing around learning about what other people are up to and it all sounds good to me.

Mini Sumo / Minesweeper Practice – April 27th, 2013

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Dust off your mini sumos and come on down to the WCRS meeting tomorrow morning.  (Head down to Comic-Con afterwards)
We’ll pull out the mini sumo rings and do some practice rounds so that everyone can tune and have time to refine.

If you haven’t registered yet, register here:

If you register prior to May 10th, you’ll be in for the GoPro Hero3 draw!  This is only open to competitors, so you’ve got really great odds of winning.  GO NOW> REGISTER!

For you minesweepers out there, we’ll be on hand to discuss the event.  There are 2 parts to the event and if you approach the event properly, you’ll do fine.  Register and come on down!

*** Update ****

Solarbotics has donated a special “Bring Out Your Robots” prize pack for tomorrow.  For everyone that comes with their robot, we’ll put your name into a hat. At 12:00 noon, we’ll draw a name for the winner.

So what’s in the Prize pack?
2 Distance Sensors, a PIR sensor and a SolarSpeeder Kit!
Totaled up, that’s a prize worth about $75!!!
Solarbotics Prize Pack
Admittance to the Aerospace Museum is free for anyone that is coming for the WCRS between 10am and Noon.
If you know someone who is interested in robotics but hasn’t had the opportunity to get involved yet, bring them by!  We have 2 workshops left before the games that will result in a competition ready robot to keep!
There is also plenty of time to build various kits and get them ready to enter.  While the workshops are going on, we’ll be on-hand to support kit builds.

A couple of options for those not in the know:

See everyone tomorrow morning!

Calling all Robo-teers

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We’d like to invite all competitors to join us for the 20th Annual Western Canadian Robot Games!

May 11, 2013 at the Calgary Aero Space Museum. This year we have some exciting new demo events involving UAVs (Quadcopters) and hacked Roombas. We’ll also have some special guests from the hit TV series: Canada’s Greatest Know-it-all and even Jay Ingram,  who will be handing out awards!

Bring your family as well; the day will be filled with robot action.

Watch ‘Canada’s Greatest Know-it-all’ contestants complete in a robot challenge to see who can come up with the best creation in a limited amount of time. We’ll have food from Calgary food trucks available on location, chances to win door prizes (like a GoPro Hero 3 camera), and our uniquely created Offroadbot Challenge is back again this year!

Come check out the action!

We’ll also be giving away a GoPro Hero 3 to a randomly drawn competitor; by preregistering your robot(s) for an event before May 10, 2013 you will be eligible to win!

For those wanting to spend the night at a nearby hotel, we were able to get a $91/night rate at the Calgary Airport Travel lodge, When making your reservation just mention that you are a Western Canadian Robot Games Competitor. If you’d like to stay across the street from the venue there is the Best Western Plus Port O’call but unfortunately we weren’t able to get a discount there.
Keep up-to-date with ongoing news and info leading up to the games by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

We hope to see you at the Games!

Horsecreek Critters

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On Saturday April 6, the Western Canadian Robotics Society was the recipient of a $1,000 donation from Debora Rice-Salomons, CGA a benevolent supporter of many charitable and non-profit organizations.  Ms. Rice-Salomons comments “WCRS provides a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn about robotics, I believe this type of club is a great addition to the Calgary Community and I am happy to be able to help.”   Debora encourages everyone to “put back into the communities you live and work in.   When you see something you believe is good – do something about it – offer to help in any way you can – large or small donations of time or funds make a difference. “

Debora donated money to both the WCRS, and our host, the Aersospace museum.

Debora has also issued a challenge for the 2014 Robot Games, and has pledged a prize money donation for the event.

The WCRS would like to extend a heart-felt “Thank You” to Debora.

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