Engineering Robotics

Assistant Curriculum Leader

What is Engineering Robotics?

Engineering Robotics is a computer and manufacturing design program focusing on robotic technologies. Our program integrates real world robotic technology with computerized machining and control systems - the whole package is supported with complementary academic subjects and cooperative education opportunities. Participants learn the importance of teamwork, self-starting, character and time management while learning technology skills of the future.

The Engineering Robotics curriculum focuses on the student's development as an independent learner and creative/critical thinker. All activities are student-centered and project driven. Our award winning FIRST Robotics program is fully integrated into the curriculum providing leadership opportunities to all participants. We aspire to help young people discover how interesting and rewarding the lives of engineers and scientists can be.

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Who is the Engineering Robotics student?

You are a candidate for our program if you would consider designing and building a robot to be a fascinating experience. You are a candidate if you are inspired by science and technology. You are a candidate if you enjoy seeing your creations come to life.

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) @ Western

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is an Ontario designation that allows students to focus on a possible career path that matches their individual skills and interests. Engineering Robotics is a bundle of 8 courses related to the Computer Engineering and Manufacturing Robotics industry. The SHSM program is a reach ahead experience which includes: sector-recognized certifications and training courses, experiential learning (including Cooperative Education credits), use of the Ontario Skills Passport and development of essential skills and work habits required in the sector, opportunities for Dual Credit programs in a variety of post-secondary institutions, and contextualized learning activities that integrate theory with practice. Students learn with industry standard equipment and instructors who have worked directly in the field. Students who complete the SHSM requirements graduate with a red seal on their diploma. This will indicate a universal provincial designation of a higher level of achievement to all post secondary schools no matter what program the student may choose to pursue. For more information go to:

Accelerated Placement Engineering Robotics for SHSM @ Western

Western has revamped the curriculum for Grades 9 and 10, allowing us to push the envelope in the senior years. Students entering the Engineering Robotics program at Western will begin earning Programming and Engineering Design credits in Grade 9, followed by Computer Engineering and Manufacturing credits in Grade 10. This diverse skill base will allow them to hit the ground running in Grade 11 when they focus on their SHSM Major courses that lead them to the Red Seal Diploma.

The pathways and options into engineering, manufacturing and technology sectors are endless at Western!

FIRST Robotics Team 865 WARP7

Western's Competitive Robotics Team

Western participates in the highest level of competition offered by the FIRST Robotics organization, and shares their goal: "To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders". Our WARP7 Team is effectively a real world design team that completely embodies the spirit of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), where students lead all aspects of the project: engineering, manufacturing, computer programming, marketing, web design, graphic arts, and project management.

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