Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Sask Polytech’s robot challenge celebrates ten years

2018 marks the tenth anniversary of Sask Polytech’s Robot Rumble!


March 22, 2018 –Saskatchewan Polytechnic hosted over 120 teams of 240 students from 52 high schools from across the province as they challenged their technical skills in the tenth annual Saskatchewan Polytechnic Robot Rumble, presented by SaskTel.

Teams spent months building, programming and testing robots made from SUMO robot kits, which were 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. The SUMObot that stays in the ring the longest wins. After a round-robin tournament held in the morning, the final rumbles start in the afternoon. In the end, three teams came out on top. Congrats to the winners!

First place: Jeremy Corrigal
Rossignol High School, Île-à-la-Crosse, SK
Prize: $1,500 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, a Samsung Galaxy Tab E and $150 cash each.
Second place: Lindsey Petit and Keegan Buffin
Rossignol High School, Île-à-la-Crosse, 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 3 and $100 cash each.
Third place: Craig Hewko and Hunter Nedrew
Neilburg Composite School, Neilburn, SK
Prize: $500 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, UE Roll2 portable Bluetooth speaker volcano and $50 cash each.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in this year’s Robot Rumble, from high school students and teachers, to Sask Polytech faculty and staff. We appreciate and recognized the efforts and contributions you’ve made to this event over the past ten years,” says Jamie Hilts, dean, School of Mining, Energy & Manufacturing, School of Natural Resources & Built Environment, Departments of Arts & Sciences and Co-operative Education. “The event continues to grow in popularity from year-to-year and is a good example of the type of learning found in the field of electronics. It is also an exercise in teamwork and provides a sense of friendly competition.” 

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 $35,400 - $104,000 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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Robot Rumble - first

Robot Rumble - second

Robot Rumble - third