Big Bad Bot Builders

For students entering grades 6 & 7

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: Wednesdays
Start Date: September 12, 2018
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
End Date: June 19, 2019

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!

Students interested in this course must first fill out the Student Information Form to receive a full application package.

TeacherLocationCostPlease fill out form
Todd AblettWest Vancouver Secondary School$1075Student Information Form

Refund Policy: The deposit cheque of $200 is non-refundable.  If a student withdraws before the start of the course, a refund minus the $200 deposit will be issued.

Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
Ignite Your Passion program

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150