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LESTER B. PEARSON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO REPRESENT CANADA AT ROBOCUP IN JAPAN

MONTREAL, APRIL 10, 2002- Ten students from Lester B. Pearson High School (LBPHS) in Montreal North will represent Canada in Fukuoka, Japan from June 19 to 25 at the RoboCup Junior competitions.

LBHS won this honour after sweeping the 2001 RoboCup Junior competition in Montreal by building autonomous robots equipped with light and touch sensors. They were programmed to play soccer, dance, and go on a rescue mission. The ultimate goal of the RoboCup project is to develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win against the human world soccer champion team by 2050.

"Since our teamís formation the students have displayed drive and enthusiasm as they have learned to brainstorm and work as a unit," says teacher Gio Spina. "They are a very sociable group of students who have shown their determination, skillfulness and perseverance during exhibitions and competitions. Fukuoka 2002 represents both a challenge and an opportunity to engage these young minds."

In order to make this historic trip a reality, the school needs to raise $25,000. Sponsors are being sought. With 15 countries participating, this will represent excellent exposure.

To view a short video clip of the RoboCup Junior event, log on to www.emsb.qc.ca/lesterbpearson.



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca