Outreach and exhibition

Our outreach activities, mainly targeted at youth thinking about entering the STEM field, are generally conducted in collaboration with the Engineering Outreach program and the Renison eSTEM program. We are also regular supporters and exhibitors for local high school and undergraduate level conferences and competitions, such as the Waterloo FIRST Robotics Competition, and host field trips for local schools.

When hosted on campus, our interactive outreach sessions with 10 - 20 students per session working on different robots have always been labelled a success by both the organizers and in follow-up feedback from the students and their parents.

During the pandemic, virtual versions of these sessions were developed to illustrate the types of research and student activities the RoboHub is involved with and supports, in the form of talks and demonstrations provided remotely by RoboHub staff via video conferencing.

RoboHub has welcomed Renison University College into their facility on many occasions, providing our students with a rare glimpse at some of the most advanced robots in the country.

Our students have been captivated by the ingenuity and innovative thinking that they see in the RoboHub, where the team warmly answer all our students’ questions and inspire them to do great things in the field of robotics.

During the pandemic, RoboHub staff hosted multiple virtual sessions for us which were instrumental in motivating and inspiring the high school students in our newly-developed eSTEM program for English language learners.

We are so thankful for the RoboHub’s continued community-outreach support, and we appreciate their willingness to inspire our students.

ALEX D'ALTON, STUDENT EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR, ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE, RENISON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

RoboHub always works hard to provide an educational and hands-on environment for participants in Engineering Outreach programs.

Through online webinars on robotics and current research topics, as well as hands-on experiences with NAO robots, participants in the Catalyst program were inspired to delve deeper into the world of robotics and various types of engineering.

The RoboHub staff were always very eager to answer all of our students’ questions and to provide everything needed to make our programs a huge success!

SAM IDZIAK, HIGH SCHOOL TEAM LEAD, ENGINEERING OUTREACH, UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO