Oak Bay High School’s robotics team in competition. (Jeffrey Laird photo)

Robots battle in provincial tech competition at SMUS

Teams from across Greater Victoria compete Feb. 23 for a spot in Texas competition

More than 150 teens will task their robots in competition Saturday for the B.C. FIRST Tech Challenge Championship. Twenty teams from British Columbia, Alberta and Washington state designed, built and programmed robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams in this season’s game, Relic Recovery. Teams have created robots that drive on and off balancing stones, score cubes to create a pattern, and place the golden relic in an off-field scoring zone.

READ ALSO: Student Voice: Saanich students launch competitive robotics team

“These kids have gotten involved with a FIRST team for different reasons. Maybe it was to socialize or maybe it was because they already had an interest in STEM,” said Christine Nicholls, FIRST Tech Challenge affiliate partner for B.C. “Whatever the reason, in addition to the robot building and programming skills, they are learning skills like teamwork and collaboration that will help them get jobs in the future.”

READ ALSO: Robotics competitors hit Oak Bay ahead of big Victoria competition

Local schools competing include St. Michaels University School, Oak Bay High, Belmont Secondary School, Royal Bay Secondary School, St. Margaret’s School, Edward Milne Community School and the Pacific School of Inquiry and Innovation. One team will earn a spot to compete at the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships in Houston, Texas from April 18 to 21.

Opening ceremonies are Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. The best time to watch robot games is between 1:30 and 4 p.m. in the St. Michaels University School Gym, at 3400 Richmond Ave. The public is welcome and admission is free.



c.vanreeuwyk@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Central Saanich strawberry farmer reports bumper crop

Strawberry season could last well into October

GoodLife marathon helps enrich lives, share stories

Seniors’ care one of many causes supported by GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon

Oak Bay community invited to News’ 5th annual readers tea

Oak Bay News, Carlton House host Sept. 17 afternoon tea

Colwood square dancing open house to welcome in new dancers

“It’s therapy,” said long-time square dancer Linda Townsend

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

B.C. police watchdog to investigate man’s head injury during RCMP arrest

Suspect fled on a bicycle and fell off when an officer attempted to stop him

Most Read