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Robots up for the challenge

Forget R2D2, real robots will invade Kelowna's Okanagan College campus Wednesday for the RoboCup Junior Challenge.

The internationally accredited competition has teams of students in Grades 5-12 working together to develop solutions to one of two specific challenges (soccer and rescue) using robots.

This year, 52 teams from 13 schools throughout B.C. have entered the 11th annual competition.

The action begins at 10 a.m. in the atrium of the Centre for Learning at Okanagan College on KLO Road.

In soccer, two autonomous mobile robots track a special light-emitting ball in an enclosed field and attempt to score goals. In rescue, robots follow a course, negotiate uneven terrain and identify victims within recreated disaster scenarios.

The dance competition, which features pre-programmed robots dancing to music, takes place at 11:30 a.m. in the lecture theatre. 

The top three winners in each category will qualify to compete in the World RoboCup held in Nagoya, Japan, this summer.



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