More than 200 Saskatchewan high school students participated in Sask Polytech’s robot challenge

Image credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

120 high school teams participate in Sask Polytech’s myRobotRumble SUMObot Challenge!

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

With spectacular prizes to be won, including $6,000 in tuition credit, 120 teams came together to present the stunning results from months of building, programming and testing robots made from SUMO robot kits, provided by Sask Polytech. Working in teams of two, participants demonstrated problem-solving skills, technical knowledge and teamwork.

“MyRobotRumble provides an opportunity for high school students to learn, hands-on, how rewarding a career in electronics can be,” says Jamie Hilts, dean, School of Mining, Energy & Manufacturing, School of Natural Resources & Built Environment, Department of Arts & Sciences and Co-operative Education.

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 has to go into building a robot that can withstand a rumble in the ring and take home a win.

“The students who participated in today’s event demonstrated a lot of dedication to their work,” says Hilts. “This friendly competition is a great way to show that experiential learning is fun and a great way to get students excited about a career in electronics and post-secondary options at Sask Polytech.”

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.

Published March 2017.