Samantha Sedran and Katrina Usmar are Bot Camp alumni from the summer of 2016. After attending Bot Camp, they started their own all-girls VEX IQ robotics competition team called "SK Creations". They have had one of the most successful seasons we have ever seen. Here is a list of their accomplishments this year:
- Judges Award @ Crescent School Qualifer
- Amaze Award @ Simcoe County VEX IQ Qualifier
- Tournament Champion @ Simcoe County VEX IQ Qualifier
- Design Award @ PACE VEX IQ Qualifier
- Excellence Award @ PACE VEX IQ Qualifier
- Tournament Champion @ PACE VEX IQ Qualifier
- Design Award @ Brampton Qualifier
- Create Award @ Ontario Provincial VEX IQ Championship
- STEM Research Project Award @ Ontario Provincial VEX IQ Championship
- Excellence Award @ Ontario Provincial VEX IQ Championship
- Tournament 2nd Place @ Ontario Provincial VEX IQ Championship
- Design Award @ US Open VEX IQ Championship
This was an incredible awards haul by SK Creations. We are extremely proud to call Samantha and Katrina Bot Camp alumni, but we can't say we're surprised one bit. They are awesome!
The best part is SK Creations wants to share their success and robotics experiences with as many girls as possible. The reality is even in 2018, girls are often discouraged from pursuing STEM-related actitivities and careers. To counteract this, SK Creations has launched their "16 by 16" campaign to send 16 girls to robotics camp before Samantha and Katrina turn 16 years old.
Promoting girls in STEM is something Bot Camp feels passionate about too. We think we have some of the best robotics programs for girls to participate in, and go out of our way to make that happen. Our instructors are incredible role models, including Andrea Valenzuela, the newly promoted Camp Director of our St. Michael's Campus, who is pictured above with Samantha and Katrina. We want as many girls as possible to experience Bot Camp, and have committed $800 of in-kind robotics camps towards their campaign.
For more information about SK Creation's "16 by 16" campaign, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/16-by-16-robotics