Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

High school students compete in Saskatchewan Polytechnic's robotic challenge

Sask Polytech’s Robot Rumble, presented by SaskTel, is building the next generation of innovators

May 4, 2022 –Saskatchewan Polytechnic hosted 51 teams of 90 students from 22 high schools from across the province today in a battle of technical skills during Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s 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. Two classes of competition were offered this year, stock and modified.

Similar to traditional Japanese sumo wrestling matches, two SUMObots face-off against each other in a ring. The goal is 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. 

“The emergence of robotics is a great example of how far we have come in terms of innovation,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech president and CEO. “The high school students in attendance truly are the innovators of tomorrow. Robot Rumble is a great example of experiential learning and a fun way to introduce students to the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing at Sask Polytech. Thank you to students for participating, high school teachers for supporting and to our sponsors – without your contributions this event would not be possible! And congratulations to our competition winners!”

Student involvement in robotics competitions provides them with engineering and programming skills and helps them gain confidence, improve critical thinking abilities and to strengthen their teamwork capacities. Robot Rumble engages students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), boosts their interpersonal skills and encourages them to apply what they learn in the classroom to something tangible.

STOCK ROBOTS

 

First place stock:

Prize:

Sputnik

Rosetown Central High School, Rosetown, SK

$1,500 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing and $250 cash each.

First Place Stock

Second place stock:            

Prize:   

NCS Trojans

Neilburg Composite School, Neilburg, SK

$1,000 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing and $150 cash each.

Second Place Stock

Third place stock:           

Prize:   

Team Moose

Centennial Collegiate, Saskatoon, SK

$500 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing and $100 cash each.

Third Place Stock

MODIFIED ROBOTS

 

First place modified:

Prize:

McEthan

Rossignol High School, Île-à-la-Crosse, SK

$1,500 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing and $250 cash each.

First Place Modified

Second place modified:        

Prize:   

Spedro

Rossignol High School, Île-à-la-Crosse, SK

$1,000 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing and $150 cash each.

Second Place Modified

Third place modified:

Prize:   

Corvette Corcus

Regina Christian School, Regina, SK

$500 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing and $100 cash each.

Third Place Modified

Learn more about Robot Rumble at robotrumble.saskpolytech.ca.