Robots battle it out

Hundreds of kids and their homemade robots packed into the Centre for Learning at Okanagan College, Friday afternoon.

They were there for the Western Canadian RoboCup Junior Games.

Forty-five teams of students from 13 schools in Grades 5 through 12 tackled challenges with their robots.

One team from St. Joseph’s Elementary spent three months building their robot for the soccer challenge.

Carlo Deniega, 11, a member of the St. Joeseph's team, said he's been interested in robotics since he was six.

Robots in the obstacle course challenge were judged on how well they followed a black line through tricky situations.

The top three teams in today’s competition will qualify for the World RoboCup in Germany next summer – but, at the end of the day, the competition is about education.

“Learning is the ultimate goal, and to create some enthusiasm and get the awareness up for the younger generation,” said Jed Forrest, an electrical engineering student at Okanagan College and judge in the competition.


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