STEM @ The Ville

The Ville STEM Program looks to inspire youth towards engineering, science, and technology. The program creates a collaborative, hands-on, project-based learning environment where students of all different backgrounds can work together for a common goal. Topics such as electronics, programming, and 3D modeling and printing are covered prior to students designing and creating their own string racer robots for the final competition. For those looking at a career in the STEM fields, The Ville STEM program fits as a great building block of experience for university and pushes resumes above the crowd.

What are String Racers?

String Racers are robots whose objective is to traverse a hung rope under a variety of circumstances and challenges, in the fastest time. For the challenge, they will also have to autonomously change directions and count the number of completed laps without going over the limit. Centre of mass, traction, acceleration, and momentum will all have to be considered when designing the robots as the hung rope may be inclined, sagging, or completely taunt. The beauty about String racers, is that they can be reconstructed to fit different technical abilities. Feedback loops, sensors, gearing and spring-loaded mechanisms are just some examples of how string racers can be advanced. These mighty robots provide the fundamental concepts in robotics and automation, which can be carried over to all engineering challenges. A very rudimentary String Racer is shown on the right.



  • Electronics kit is provided - projects leading up to the String Racers.

  • String Racer components are provided.

  • Participant must have access to a computer – few computers will be available for use in the prototyping lab however, participants are expected to bring their own lap top or computer. Lock up options are available if the participant wishes to store their computer in the lab.

  • Participants should attend all sessions – information and projects will build off of the previous sessions.

  • 16 Sessions over 8 weeks - Wednesday and Fridays from 4-6:30

  • Start date - February 28th

  • Cost is $240


About the Instructor

Justen Di Ruscio is an experienced electronics enthusiast, with a love of designing circuitry and robots. Some of the projects he has developed include agricultural control systems, solar charge controllers, 3D printers, and LED matrix animations. With his interest in the maker environment, he has become a regular workshop instructor at The Ville, teaching people of all ages about electronics, programming, 3D printing, and wood-working, just to name a few. Justen started The Ville STEM Program as a way to promote engineering in a fun way that helps others get experience for university. You may have seen Justen featured in Your Northside Magazine, as a Future Leader, or at The Ville’s rock wall during open climb nights. Justen can be contacted with any questions or concerns through email at

Special Thank You to the Fredericton Makerspace for sponsoring two spots for the STEM @ The Ville program to help two promising young makers gain experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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Monday to Friday
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241 Canada Street

Fredericton, NB

E3A 4A1

P: (506) 472-7799

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