Big Bad Bot Builders
The Big Bad Bot Builders’ program will provide students with the opportunity to explore various elements of mechatronics and robotics.  Several challenges will be presented throughout the year.  Students will build robots using the VEX IQ system, working in small teams to design, build and test various robots. The experience will allow students to develop a variety of skills and to explore possibilities.  The learning opportunities are wide open – all based on the passion, skillset, willingness to work hard, and enthusiasm of the group of students in the program!

Teacher Bio

Todd Ablett
Todd Ablett is an award winning Technology Education teacher whose specialty has become competitive school-based Robotics.  He has taken teams of students to many world championships and had many top ten finishes, including placing FIRST in the world in 2012. Mr. Ablett encourages learners of all ages to try new things, to explore the technologies around us and most importantly, to be “fearless about failure”.


Day: Tuesdays
Start Date: September 13, 2016
Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
End Date: June 13, 2017

Big Bad Bot Builders
While voluntary, there will be several Robotics tournaments (dates to be announced) that will be held within the Greater Vancouver area, for students to observe robots built by secondary school students.   Students within this program will have the opportunity to volunteer for these tournaments as “field setters” which would involve resetting the field elements between Robotics matches. At these tournaments, students not only have lunch provided for them, they also get front row seats to watch the bots compete!

Selection Criteria

Please write a letter to introduce yourself, describing why you are interested in this program and would be a good candidate for this course.


LocationCostBig Bad Bot Builders
Todd AblettWest Vancouver Secondary School
$795 + $275 for the individual student Robotics KitApplications for 2016/2017 are now closed. Please check this page in early 2017 for 2017/2018 course offerings.

Refund Policy: If a student withdraws prior to the course start date, a full refund, less a $100 administrative fee, will be given.

Big Bad Bot BuildersFor more information:

Chris Parslow
Directeur-adjoint/Vice Principal
École Pauline Johnson
Ignite Your Passion program

Phone: 604-981-1225
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