University sponsored Robotics Challenge inspires Regina high school students

By Costa Maragos Posted: March 22, 2018 2:00 p.m.

Campbell Collegiate Students (l-r) Lucas Fink and Helin Tunc shown here competing in the Robotics Challenge, sponsored in part by the U of R and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Campbell Collegiate Students (l-r) Lucas Fink and Helin Tunc shown here competing in the Robotics Challenge, sponsored in part by the U of R and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Photos by Costa Maragos - External Relations

A room at Regina’s Campbell Collegiate became a friendly battle ground featuring robots and competing students from the school's robotic class.

The annual Campbell Collegiate Robotics Challenge took place Saturday, March 17. Forty-five students, most of them proudly sporting the U of R’s ‘Be Fierce' and 'UR Here' t-shirts, showed off their self-designed robots.

“There’s a lot of team work involved and it’s a lot of fun,” says Sarah Styles a grade 12 student at Campbell. “You can look at some robots and think ‘oh definitely that is the one that will win,’ but that is not always the case.”

Robot
These robots are planned, designed and operated by the students. The
winners of the robotics challenge at Campbell move on to the provincial finals.



The robotics challenge is sponsored, in part, by the U of R and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (South Saskatchewan Division). Many of its members have ties to the U of R including the group’s current President Dr. Raman Paranjape, professor in Electronics Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

“Many of these students are our future at the U of R. This event strengthens our bond with students interested in Engineering and in sciences in general,” says Paranjape. “I am constantly impressed with the level of technical skills the students display at the competition. There’s a lot of work that goes into the planning, assembling and operation of these robots.”

Teams of three or four students spend months planning for this competition. The robots are planned and designed on paper, assembled and finally operated via remote control.

For the competition, each team has a maximum of four minutes for their respective robots to perform assigned tasks in a confined area. Those tasks include picking up and delivering, to a pre-determined spot, steel balls, plastic pipes and wooden blocks.

Robotics Group Photo
Some of the Robotics Challenge participants and instructors (l-r) Anuradha
Bhattacharjee, Hannah Cooper, Aiyana Neufeld, Sarah Styes, Dr. Raman
Paranjape (U of R), Dale Clark (Campbell Collegiate), Karim Ait-Allaoua,
Danish Hasan and Herman Müller.


This is more than a mere hobby for most of the students. They’ve learned their skills thanks to a full-credit robotics class at Campbell Collegiate.

“Without robotics I feel I wouldn’t have the ability to think as fast as I do now,” says Danish Hasan, a grade 12 student at Campbell who plans to enroll in engineering in the fall, 2018. “I was going to do law before and I love law but, I want to do something I love. I love robotics. I want to do electrical robotics or design robots.”

The Campbell robotics class is taught by Dale Clark.

“For students moving on in the fields of engineering design or building fields, this is huge,” says Clark. “We keep track of students from our robotics class who move on to engineering at the University of Regina and they tend to succeed at the U of R. The students from here (Campbell) are leading as leaders at the U of R. The success rate is huge.”  

In the meantime, some of the students will now have the opportunity to compete against students from elsewhere in the province.

The winning team will represent Campbell Collegiate at the Provincial Robotics competition at Evraz Place on April, 13th.

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