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Lake of Two Mountains High takes part in robotics competition

Create: 03/08/2016 - 01:34

Taking part in the CRC Robotics Competition for the sixth year, a team from Lake of Two Mountains High School finished 15th in a field of 24 participants in the Montreal regional contest held in Laval last weekend.
Stiff competition
But the Two Mountains team also finished 2nd in a “web journalism” component of the contest and third in another aspect involving web design, according to team supervisor Gordon Truesdale who teaches science and technology at the high school.
“For us this is pretty spectacular,” he said, noting that the event’s top teams are graded on their overall performance and not just on the robots they build and operate. “It’s important to realize, of course, that there are also CEGEPs taking part along with high schools,” he added, pointing out the highly competitive nature of the activities.
500 students took part
The 15th annual CRC Robotics Competition took place from Feb. 25 to Feb. 27 in the gymnasium at Collège Montmorency in Laval. Lake of Two Mountains High and Laval Senior Academy were among the participants in this year’s event involving a total of 24 secondary and post-secondary schools. More than 500 high school and CEGEP students took part in the 2016 competition.
“This is a great competition to take part in because it allows students with different skill sets to work together for a common aim,” said Truesdale. “We are a small school with a small team, compared to how big some of the other teams were.”
Student initiative
The CRC Robotics Competition is believed to be the only educational robotics contest where all the work is done exclusively by students. Teachers, engineers and outside specialists are welcome, but for advice only.
Apart from a motor and a control box that each team receives, everything about the robot, the kiosk, the video and the website is conceived and built by the students.
Where language is necessary, both French and English must be used. The event was open to all. You can also find out more about the competition by visiting www.robo-crc.ca/en.

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