Vigilant Global Helps Students Experience the Thrill of Robotics

Building Confidence, Community and...Robots
Apr 26, 2016 10:20 AM ET

For the fifth consecutive year, Vigilant Global employees mentored students at LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School in Montreal as part of the Robotics FIRST Quebec program. The Vigilant mentors work together with students to build a robot that will attempt to complete a series of tasks at the international robotics competition, which has more than 3,000 registered teams around the world.

While the team's robot didn't win the competition, students and mentors alike get so much out of the annual partnership:

“This is an opportunity for us to help motivate and courage the kids to get excited about science and technology. We have seen the positive impact of our efforts on numerous students over the year who have improved their attitude and grades.”

                -Franz, mentor

“While the work can be hard (the competition’s slogan is “Hardest Fun Ever”), it’s rewarding seeing firsthand how my involvement has had a positive impact on the lives of the students I work with. There’s no doubt that this program build confidence both within the robotics programs, in the classroom, and in their social circles.”

                -Sasha, mentor

 “My favorite part of the process is definitely the build-season, and how everyone gets to work together, because when we share ideas, it turns into something really great.”

                -Rayda, student, involved with Robotics for three years

“I like being involved in the program because I like learning and I really like the team environment. It’s a lot of fun working with everyone and getting different points of view on a certain problem or topic.”

                -Chloe, student, involved with Robotics for three years

“This season, I’m most excited about the competition, and to see our outcome. The build-season is so hectic, but it’s so fun when you get the final result of the robot and actually get to drive it!”

                -Max, student, involved with Robotics for three years 

Vigilant Global mentors are already looking forward to what next year's Robotics FIRST Quebec season will bring!