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Students from Constable Neil Bruce have a way with robots
Okanagan College Media Release

Four teams from Constable Neil Bruce dominated the 7th Annual Western Canada RoboCup Junior Games held at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus on Friday.

Two of the Constable Neil Bruce Middle School teams took first and second place in the primary category (age 13 and under) for their performances in the rescue challenge.

The winners were among almost 200 students competing in a record number of teams signed up for this year’s games, held at the Centre for Learning on the Kelowna campus.

Students spent in some cases several weeks building their robots in preparation for the games, then brought them to the College where the robots competed in the areas of soccer, dance and search and rescue.

Taking the top spots in the Secondary category (age 14-19) were:

Rescue

            Rank

Team Name

School

1st Place

The Rescuers

Online Middle School

2nd Place

Team Ultralord

Constable Neil Bruce Middle

3rd Place

The G.E.A.R.S

KLO Middle School

Soccer

            Rank

Team Name

School

1st Place

Tornados

Central Program and Services

2nd Place

Pele Returns

Online Middle School

3rd Place

Robo Bro. N

Vernon Secondary School

Primary (age 13 and under) were:

Dance

            Rank

Team Name

School

1st Place

Pyromaniaardvarkz

Independent

2nd Place

Gangnam Guys

Anne McClymont Elementary

3rd Place

3 Musketeers

Constable Neil Bruce Middle

Rescue

            Rank

Team Name

School

1st Place

Bot Builders

Constable Neil Bruce Middle

2nd Place

All Stars

Constable Neil Bruce Middle

3rd Place

The Hound Dogs Return

Online Middle School


Nadir Ould-Khessal, who chairs the competition, and is also a Electronic Engineering Technology instructor at Okanagan College, said this was one of the best competitions he had seen, with so many young students from all over the Central Okanagan School District taking part.

RoboCup has now been integrated into School District 23’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) program for Grade 7 to 9 students.

Winners from this competition have a chance to go on to compete in the Netherlands in June 2013.

In 2011 two winners of the Western Canada games – Hudson and Nelson Schier – went on to win the world event held in Istanbul, Turkey.