For Females & Males entering Grades 3 & 4

The GO-Bots program provides students, Grades 3 & 4, with the opportunity to explore and develop a beginning understanding of robotics, mechatronics, physics & design. Students will not only participate in a variety of challenges throughout the school year, but they will also have the opportunity to participate in in-classroom competitions throughout the school year.

The goal for the students in the GO-Bots program is to build robots using the VEX GO system, working individually or in small teams to design, build and test various robots. These hands-on experiences require a willingness of students to take risks, not worry about making mistakes, and to persevere.

Students participating in the GO-Bot program for the first time will receive the VEX GO Kit.

Schedule

The Ignite Your Passion program runs one day per week throughout the school year.

Day and time to be confirmed upon registration

Location:  West Vancouver Secondary School

Start Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022
End Date: Thursday, June 22, 2023

Students interested in this program, complete & submit the Student Information Form. Once the teacher reviews the application form & confirms student acceptance into the program, Assistant, Tara Ledingham will follow up with the applicable paperwork.

TeacherLocationCostPlease fill out form
Braydan Pastucha & Dr. Mahesh ChuganiWest Vancouver Secondary School - Room C233$1300 per year ($130 per month)Apply Here

Refund Policy:  If a student withdraws, a fee total of $270 must be provided in order to cover the cost of the Go Bot Kit.

Registration & Process for Selection

Registration is open.

Complete & submit the online Student Information Form

Immediately following the online submission of the Student Information Form, submit the student’s most recent report card.

If the report card is not yet available, please communicate this to Assistant, Tara Ledingham (tledingham@wvschools.ca) and then follow up with this current report card submission when available. Students will not be confirmed without the Academy Office receiving a copy of the recent report card.

This program is for those students who display the ability to listen, follow instructions, complete assigned tasks, and work well with others. As well, we work to create and sustain a positive, nurturing work environment for all students. We expect students to be responsible and respectful to their peers and their teachers.

*While this program includes students at two grade levels, this is a one-year program. If First Year students are eligible (e.g., grade level) and request to return to the program for a second year, the student must receive approval by the teacher to return. Confirmation will be communicated to parents by the Academy Office.

Personnel

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

Personnel

Braydan Pastucha


WVS Teacher
WVS Premier Robotics Academy Teacher

EDUCATION

  • University of British Columbia — Bachelor of Education 2021
  • University of British Columbia — Bachelor of Science 2018
  • Specializing in a triple-major of chemistry, mathematics, and physics, my undergraduate work focused on communication of scientific concepts and applications in atmospheric science. This well-rounded understanding of different scientific fields has given me a diverse set of teachable subjects and an ability to connect material between classes, including applications using coding and scientific analysis of problems.

STEM EXPERIENCE

Daedalos Academy — Senior Coach / STEM Instructor (Sept 2016 – Present)

Responsibilities & Role Included:

  • Creating programs using LEGO and VEX robotics for summer camps, after-school camps, and in-school programs that focus on engineering, design, and coding principles in the ADST curriculum
  • Working with diverse age groups during the camps
  • Ensuring the quality of individual learning experiences
  • Working with teams on projects from creating the programs to implementing them with a team of coaches
  • Using problem-solving skills for classroom management, technology, and instruction
  • Coming up with solutions to problems or challenges

University Hill School — STEM Instructor (January 2017-March 2020)

Responsibilities & Role Included:

  • Developing a program using LEGO Education products in conjunction with the BC curriculum for Grades 2-3 and 4-5 STEM classes, with an emphasis on engineering and technology applications
  • Creating fun and engaging classroom experiences for the classes by using multimedia and experimentation in lessons
  • Coordinating & collaborating with teachers and school administrators to distribute information to parents

Sealy Tutoring — Senior Tutor & Centre Manager (May, 2017 – Present)

Responsibilities & Role Included:

  • Tutoring secondary students in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology, both individually and in group settings
  • Communicating with students and parents both learning materials and expectations
  • Maintaining and managing the drop-in center, including managing tutors and developing an enjoyable learning environment

 VOLUNTEER WORK

Science World — STEM Communicator
Gearing Up! — Senior Coding Club Instructor

Dr. Mahesh Chugani

Dr. Mahesh Chugani is an Electronics Engineer

  • Worked as a Software Engineer at National Instruments (Austin, Texas)
  • Worked as Director of Support & Training at Momentum Data Systems (Huntington Beach, California)

Dr. Chugani is not only a West Vancouver Schools teacher, but also holds the following credentials:

  • Diploma, Electronic & Radio Engineering, Cusrow Wadia Institute of Technology, Pune, India
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Telecommunications, College of Engineering, Pune Inda
  • Master’s degree, Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
  • Authored many technical publications, along with two books
  • On the Educational Advisory Committee, Canada’s ICTC (Information & Communications Technology Council)