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Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

230 Saskatchewan high school students find success at Sask Polytech's robot challenge

2019 marks the 11th anniversary of Sask Polytech’s Robot Rumble, presented by SaskTel

March 22, 2019 –Saskatchewan Polytechnic hosted 118 teams of 230 students from 44 high schools from across the province as they challenged their technical skills in the 11th 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 started in the afternoon. In the end, three teams came out on top, all from Rossignol High School.

Congrats to Rossignol High School, placing first, second and third at this year’s challenge! 

First place: Mike Yole and Jeremy Corrigal
Rossignol High School, Île-à-la-Crosse, SK
Prize: $1,500 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, a Samsung Galaxy Tab E and $150 cash each.
Second place: Delany Kenny and Erica Arcand
Rossignol High School, Île-à-la-Crosse, SK
Prize: $1,000 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats 3 and $100 cash each.
Third place: Sayer McCallum
Rossignol High School, Île-à-la-Crosse, SK
Prize: $500 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, UE Roll2 portable Bluetooth speaker volcano and $50 cash each.

“At Sask Polytech we learn by doing. This is a great example of experiential learning and a fun way to introduce students to a career in electronics and post-secondary options at Sask Polytech. Robot Rumble is a great exercise in teamwork and problem solving and continues to grow in popularity from year-to-year,” says Dennis Johnson, provost and vice-president, Academic. “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. This event wouldn’t be possible without your support!”

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 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.

Robot Rumble

Robot Rumble

Robot Rumble

First place

Robot Rumble

Second place

Robot Rumble

Third place

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