Monthly Archives: December 2007

Ruby/Rails Project Nights, Hosted By TSOT – Starting January 8th

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Image enhancements courtesy of Joey “Accordion Guy” deVilla

We are hosting the inaugural Ruby/Rails Project Night event on January 8th at the TSOT development office. More details and registration information can be found on Joey’s blog entry, or at the Upcoming.org Event page. Some food and drinks will be provided and the presentations by Andrew Burke, the Unspace Team and Joey will surely be worth the trip out.

Our Ruby/Rails Project Night will be monthly event held on every Second Tuesday of every month. Mark your calendars. If you’d like to present at a future event or would like more information, contact Joey at joey.devilla@tsotinc.com.

Find us at 151 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario.

Annual UOIT Robotics Competition

For the second year in a row, I was given the honor to be one of four judges at the annual UOIT Robotics Competition. The number of competing teams has increased substantially since last years inaugural event, from 6 local teams to 24 teams representing 22 High Schools from as far away as Barrie and Mississauga.

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Each teams LEGO Mindstorms robot is built over about an 8 week period. The robots main 2 goals are to stay on the table platform without falling off the side or the diamond cutout in the middle and to push other competing robots off the platform. Each robot is built only from the materials sourced from the LEGO Mindstorms box, and is restricted to a specific size.

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This year the event had some great media attention. Discovery Canada was on scene filming the battles and interviewing various members involved. And our local Rogers Cable 10 crew showed up to shoot a short segment.

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As a judge, my job was to interview each team and grade them on their design process. An Engineering award was awarded to the team who had overall highest grades from all judges. Pictured above is the robot built by the Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute team. We selected them to as the winners of the Engineering Award for the second year in a row. Congrats! Hope to see everyone again next year!