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geekStarter Robotics and Automation Workshop


Saturday, 23 November 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (MST)

geekStarter Robotics and Automation Workshop

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MindFuel and geekStarter gratefully acknowledge the funding from



and our Venue sponsor: Life Sciences Innovation Hub at University of Calgary


Hosted by the geekStarter program at MindFuel, this workshop will bring together teams working on automation and robotics projects for a day of engaging skill building activities, practical tips and insights from experienced mentors and subject matter experts.



Bogdan Georgescu - B.Sc, M. Sc, PhD Electrical Engineering; Pre-service teacher for Math and Computer Science


Boris Kacmar - Electrical Engineer at General Electric

Derwyn Henderson - B.Sc Mechanical Engineering

Derwyn is a young Mechanical Engineering professional with a passion for mechanical and electrical systems. He has been mentoring Ernest Manning Robotics, an FRC robotics team, for 3 consecutive years and will be continuing to mentor this upcoming FRC robotics season.

Eiden Yoshida - B.Sc Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc  of Engineering in Software Design

Eiden just started a career as a software engineer and enjoys working on machine learning and electronics projects in his spare time. He originally studied mechanical engineering and spent countless hours working with computer aided design and rapid prototyping.

Kushan Wickramarachchi - B.Sc Mechanical Engineering

Kushan is currently completing an internship in Mechanical Engineering. Kushan is an active member of Schulich Aerodesign, where he designs remotely controlled planes.

Jeffery Yang - B.Sc Applied Mathematics, M.Sc Statistics

Jeffery is an experienced Data Scientist that specializes in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Jeffery is currently working at ATB Financial focusing on fighting against fraudsters be leveraging the power of data analytics and artificial intelligence.

Nolan Liss - Electrical Engineer, Founder Arcane Lights





  • Lacombe Composite High School, Lacombe
  • Lester B. Pearson High School, Calgary
  • Queen Elizabeth High School, Edmonton
  • Siksika Nation High School, Siksika Nation Reserve
  • Ted Harrison School, Calgary




RSVP DEADLINE - November 18


8:30 - 8:45 Check in

8:45 - 9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 - 9:30 Teams Stand-ups (5 min per team)

9:30 - 10:00 Reverse engineering challenge - diagnostic

10:00 - 10:15 Morning Break

10:15 - 12:15 Arduino Hardware & Coding

  • Students work through a series of increasingly challenging mini-projects (in small mixed groups)

12:15 - 1:00 Lunch break

1:00 - 2:15 Social Impact of Robotics and Automation

  • Student Activity: Perspectives (in teams)

2:15 - 2:30 Afternoon break

2:30 - 4:15 Design & Showcase Activity: Bringing it all together

  • Students apply the knowledge and skills learned throughout the day to their projects (in teams)

4:15- 4:30 Closing remarks & Surveys 

DIRECTIONS & PARKING - Free parking at site lot 

Have questions about geekStarter Robotics and Automation Workshop ? Contact MindFuel

When & Where

Life Sciences Innovation Hub - University of Calgary
3655 36 Street Northwest
Calgary, AB T2L 1Y8

Saturday, 23 November 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (MST)

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