More than 200 Saskatchewan high school students find success at Sask Polytech's robot challenge
Winners are announced after a day of exhilarating competition
April 14, 2016 - Saskatchewan Polytechnic electronics programs hosted 236 high school students from across the province as they challenged their technical skills in the eighth annual Saskatchewan Polytechnic myRobotRumble SUMObot Challenge 2016, presented by SaskTel.
Teams spent months building, programming and testing robots made from SUMO robot kits, which are provided by Sask Polytech. Working in teams of two, participants demonstrated their problem-solving skills, technical knowledge and teamwork at today's event.
The goal of the competition was simple: try to knock or push your opponent's robot out of the ring. After a round-robin tournament held in the morning, the final rumbles started in the afternoon. In the end, three teams came out on top.
Matthew Breitkreuz, Blake Chiasson and their robot "Blew"
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.
Jordan Lau, Isaac Poirier and their robot "Rocky Botboa"
Indian Head High School, Indian Head, SK
Prize: $1,000 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, Beats Solo2 headphones and $100 cash each.
Craig Hewko, Hunter LeDrew and their robot "Monte"
Neilburg Composite School, Neilburn, 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.
"Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 myRobotRumble. These students clearly demonstrated dedication to their work," said Jamie Hilts, Saskatchewan Polytechnic's dean of the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing. "Today's event showed that applied learning is a lot fun and can help students learn teamwork."
Saskatchewan Polytechnic electronics grads work with business, industry and government employers in areas such as manufacturing, communications, resource processing and consulting. With starting salaries for recently surveyed graduates of Saskatchewan Polytechnic electronics-related programs ranging from $2,100 to $4,800 per month, it's a solid career choice.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 27,000 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 need, 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.