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Robotics gold - Maryborough Public School took gold in the junior division for robotics at the Skills Ontario provincial level competition on May 1 in Toronto at the Congress Centre. From left: coach Lori Albrecht, Jack Klaassen, Easton Coverdale,  Wes Schieck and Erik Kraehling.  Submitted photo

Maryborough PS team earns gold medal at Skills Ontario competition

MOOREFIELD - Maryborough Public School students brought home a gold medial in the Junior Robotics division from the recent Skills Ontario provincial level competition.

School officials state the Junior Robotics Club at MPS has been working hard since September learning to program, build and complete challenges relating to robotics.

Team members use the EV3 Mindstorms kit along with the coding program and Commander App to complete various tasks. They have learned to build robots designed for specific purposes and have the ability to modify parts and tools on the robots to succeed in a variety of tasks. They create the code to send to the brain of the robot and the robot is then able to perform autonomous tasks.  

“The group of boys worked very cooperatively to win this difficult challenge at Skills Ontario,” officials state.

In each match Maryborough was partnered with the winning team from another board.  They had 25 seconds of autonomous programming, followed by two minutes of telepiloting. At the end of the piloted period they received 30 seconds to obtain bonus points.

The local team had three matches during the competition in Toronto and scored a total of 60 points. Overall Maryborough placed first and won the title of the top robotics team in Ontario.

“We are very proud of their successes,” school officials state.

Aberfoyle Public School also won gold in intermediate design and build and one of their teams won bronze in intermediate Lego mechanics.

May 19, 2017


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