MONTREAL, MAY 1, 2012 – The English Montreal School Board had eight schools finish among the top three in their categories at the 10th annual Junior Robotics competition recently at Royal West Academy in Montreal West.
Event coordinator Daniel Pearson reports that this year a record total of 63 teams from 16 elementary and high schools competed in this LEGO robotics event in the categories of dance, search and rescue, two-on-two soccer and the Beatles Challenge. There was even one representative from New York City, The School at Columbia University, an independent elementary/high schoolwhich had previously won robotics competitions in Austria, China, Singapore and in Montreal.
Merton Elementary School from Côte Saint-Luc took home the overall trophy. At the primary level their teams (Merton Carnival, Merton Island and Merton Bakebots) finished first, second and tied for third with Columbia (Polar Bears in Peril) in dance; first in search and rescue and third in two-on-two soccer. “It was a remarkable experience and I am most proud of them,” said Merton Principal Raizel Candib. “Over the years Merton has gained a strong reputation in the area of robotics.”
At the dance secondary level, The School of Columbia (Giving Tree) finished in first followed by Royal West Academy (Blue Print Crew). In search and rescue at the elementary level, Edinburgh in Montreal West (Apollo) and Royal Vale (Speedy Gonzales) in NDG finished second and third to Merton (Merton Madness) while at the secondary level two Vincent Massey teams (Double JZ and Steels) were in first and second while Royal West (The Line Followers) was third. In two-in-two soccer, Elizabeth Ballantyne in Montreal West (Geek Squad) and St. Monica (Soccerbot) in NDG finished first and second, ahead of Merton (Merton Avalanche). At the secondary level, two Royal West teams (Lemon Fire and Uraninium235) finished first and second, followed by John Rennie (Pro Action Stars) in Pointe Claire.
The Beatles category, named after Pearson’s favorite musical group, involved robotic tasks that challenged motor and sensor skills. At the primary level, the top three were Selwyn House in Westmount (Selwyn 3), Gerald McShane in Montreal North (Leggo my eggo) and another Selwyn House team (Selwyn 2) while at the secondary level Selwyn House grabbed the first two spots (The Griffins and the Lions) followed by Vincent Massey Collegiate (The Swags) in Rosemount.
Other schools represented at the event were Bancroft Elementary in the Plateau, Dalkeith Elementary in Anjou, Gardenview Elementary in St. Laurent and St. Dorothy Elementary in St. Michel.
This was another event staged by the EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (EAST). For more information log on to www.sciencetech.ca.