Virtual Open House
February 1-5, 2021
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Big Bad Bot Builders

For girls entering grades 4 to 6

The Big Bad Bot Builders – Girl Powered program will provide students with the opportunity to explore various elements of mechatronics and robotics.  Several challenges will be presented throughout the year, including the option of participating in various local tournaments throughout the year. Students will build robots using the VEX IQ system, working either individually or in small teams to design, build and test various robots. The experience will allow students to develop a variety of hands-on 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!

NOTE: Students who are joining the program for the first time will receive a free VEX IQ Super Kit.


Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Start Date: September 15, 2021
End Date: June 22, 2022
Location:  West Vancouver Secondary School

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
Mahesh ChuganiWest Vancouver Secondary School$1300Student Information Form

Refund Policy: If a student withdraws, a fee total of $500 must be provided to cover the cost of the VEX IQ Robotics Kit.

Registration & Process for Selection

Registration Opens:        January 4, 2021
1.  Complete & Submit the online Student Information Form

2. Immediately following that online submission of the Student Information Form, submit the students most recent report card. We use this report card to review evidence of good to excellent academic progress. The ability of students to listen and follow instructions, complete tasks assigned and work well with others is important for success in this program. Furthermore, we are looking for students who are both respectful and responsible.

The Process:

This is a one-year program for students.  Students who are eligible (e.g., grade level) to return to the program for a second year, must communicate this interest to both the classroom teacher AND the academy office by the end of the first week of January.  Students who are registered in the program for ‘the current school year’ and request to return for a second year, will receive confirmation from the academy office by January 15.


Todd Ablett

Todd Ablett

2015 – Teacher at West Vancouver Secondary School
2000 – 2015 – Began teaching basic robotics in his classroom

Realized that competitive robotics engaged students who were considering career paths that required a strong background in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Provided education, instruction & coaching to over 70 students per year
Coached up to 20 competitive robot teams each year
Qualified and attended the VEX Robotics World Championships since 2007

2012 – Won the VEX Robotics World Championship title winning over teams from countries that included United States, Australia, Singapore, China and the United Kingdom

Dr. Mahesh Chugani

Dr. Mahesh Chugani is an Electronics Engineer who has worked as a Software Engineer at National Instruments (Austin, Texas, USA), and as Director of Support and Training at Momentum Data Systems (Huntington Beach, California, USA).

He holds the following credentials:

(a) Diploma in Electronics and Radio Engineering from Cusrow Wadia Institute of Technology, Pune, India.

(b) Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications from College of Engineering, Pune, India.

(c) M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA.

He has authored numerous technical publications, and has also coauthored two books.

Recently selected to be on the Educational Advisory Committee of Canada’s ICTC (Information and Communications Technology Council) Digital DASH initiative.



Helicopter in action




RoboSoccer – dribbling

RoboSoccer – goal