Following a kick-off session held at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre early in January, the Kinetic Knights Robotics Team 781 is working diligently to build a robot to complete the 2014 challenge of ‘Aerial Assist.’

The challenge involves throwing or rolling giant inflatable balls through a series of goals to score points, while working with an alliance to defeat their opponents.

Bruce Power has been involved with the Kinetic Knights since 2002 and has provided $15,000 annually to assist with competition fees and program costs.

Made up of about 50 youth between the ages of 14 and 19, who live in Kincardine, Tiverton and Ripley, the Kinetic Knights are mentored by members of the community and Bruce Power who lead the team through six weeks of working together to build and compete in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition.

“This program is really about more than simply building a robot,”

said Richard Yun one of the team’s mentors.

“It is about building people who have not only technical skills but also strong leadership skills. For me it is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with them.”

Members of the team will not only spend time prototyping, designing, wiring and programming a robot but will also spend time writing award submissions, a formal business plan, an essay, and working on the Chairman’s submission, which involves a character essay, video and presentation.

The first competition will take place in Oshawa from March 6-8.