If any part of the robotics world from building and programming to media design has interested you, why not join K Force? It is an extra curricular activity at Kristin School available to any student in year 7 or above. This activity has been recorded by many as "life-changing".
K Force exists to develop and foster student interest and abilities in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
K Force caters for students who are interested in developing knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas from mechanical engineering and programming to graphical design and video production. K Force offers numerous leadership opportunities and will equip motivated students with the skills of engineering.
K Force students meet after school in the Technology Block Terms 1, 2, 3 and 4 Tuesdays to Friday after school (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm), later sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays may go well into the evenings depending on competition preparation commitments. Students are not expected to be present at all sessions but 2 sessions (or 3-4 hours per week) is required to gain significant benefit. Students who are unable to attend any of the monthly competitions on Saturdays will miss out on the competition environment and much of the insight and motivation for the lengthy and ongoing development of their team's robot.
Membership Subscription Details
- $200 per year plus uniform if desired (approx $55) charged to students school account until advised otherwise. (A school PE shirt with jeans is perfectly acceptable for uniform which is generally only worn at major competitions and displays)
- Students will be refunded in full if they withdraw from K Force within the first month.
- Students will receive half refunds if they terminate K Force prior to the end of Term 3.
K Force is an extra-curricular, largely self-funding activity run by volunteers and is always seeking sponsorship and fundraising opportunities. If you know of any such activities or your company would like to provide some sponsorship we would obviously be very interested.
Parental permission is required for the use of images in media and for venue and transport risk.
K force students will from time to time appear in photographs, video and other media promoting K Force and robotics in general. K Force will enter media in various national and international competitions for video production and web design etc. K Force will provide media to robotics organizations for their promotional purposes. K Force will make media releases from time to time regarding robotics events.
Students will travel to local robotics competitions in the Auckland area in school vans or private cars. These are held in school or university grounds and public venues such as MOTAT. Robotics events such as sponsor functions are also held from time to time.
All students are of course welcome to come to K Force activities and competitions but students involved in K Force activities and competitions involving time off school are selected based on expertise, time commitment to robotics, help with preparations and reliability. Students who do not attend regularly with a significant time commitment cannot expect days off school to attend competitions and activities.
The following websites provide robotics competition information and a general idea regarding the use of media.
- NZ Vex Robotics
- VEX Robotics Website
- VEX Robotics promo
- VEX Robotics promo 2
- VEX World Championships overview 2016
- Kristin School 2017 World Championship Campaign
Separate parental permission will be sought for participation and travel to events and the use of media that fall outside those described above.
Students in years 9 or higher are permitted to go to the shops across the road outside of school hours during robotics sessions, It is expected that students remain in the vicinity of the technology workshops during robotics sessions. Playing computer games is frowned upon and students who are not able to focus on robotics activities will be asked to leave as they will gain little from the activity and distract other students.
The group emails and the K Force website are the primary source of information for members and parents.
Please complete the Consent and Disclosure form and return to Mr. Allen.