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Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Sask Polytech’s robot challenge winners announced

Winners are announced after a day of exhilarating competition at myRobotRumble


March 23, 2017 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic electronics programs hosted over 200 high school students from across the province as they challenged their technical skills in the ninth annual Saskatchewan Polytechnic myRobotRumble SUMObot Challenge 2017, presented by SaskTel.

Teams spent months building, programming and testing robots made from SUMO robot kits, provided by Sask Polytech. Working in teams of two, participants demonstrated their problem-solving skills, technical knowledge and teamwork as they competed against other high school teams throughout the day.

The goal of the competition is simple: try to knock or push your opponent’s robot out of the ring. A lot of time and effort goes into building a robot that can withstand multiple rumbles in the ring.

“Congratulations to this year’s myRobotRumble winners,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO. “Sask Polytech looks forward to this competition every year. myRobotRumble is a great opportunity for students to use problem solving and team building skills. They also are introduced to experiential learning and post-secondary options at Sask Polytech.”

First Place James Thiessen and Brett Gunther
Yorkton Regional High School, Yorkton, SK
Prize: $1,500 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, a Samsung Galaxy Tab A and $150 cash each.
Second Place Michael King
Lumsden High School, Lumsden, SK
Prize: $1,000 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats 2 In-Ear Headphones and $100 cash each.
Third Place Jace Roy and Joseph Desjarlais
Rossingnol High School, Île-à-la-Crosse, SK
Prize: $500 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, Monster SuperStar BackFloat Bluetooth speaker and $50 cash each.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic program graduates from the School of Mining, Energy, and Manufacturing work with business, industry and government employers in areas such as manufacturing, communications, resource processing and consulting. Starting salaries for recently surveyed graduates of Saskatchewan Polytechnic electronics-related programs range from $37,500 - $86,700 annually.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student needs, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

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