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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:
Online Middle School
Constable Neil Bruce Middle
KLO Middle School
Central Program and Services
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Vernon Secondary School
Primary (age 13 and under) were:
Anne McClymont Elementary
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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.