|LESTER B. PEARSON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RETURN AFTER REPRESENTING CANADA AT ROBOCUP IN JAPAN|
MONTREAL, JULY 4, 2002- Ten students from Lester B. Pearson High School (LBPHS) in Montreal North have returned from Fukuoka, Japan where they represented Canada at the RoboCup Junior competitions.
The event coincided with the World Cup of Soccer and was held at the Dome, Fukuoka's version of the Olympic Stadium. "Although the floodlights played havoc with our sensors, we managed a ninth position out of 59 teams in our division," says proud teacher Gio Spina, who accompanied the time. "However, since I served as referee for some of the games, I am convinced that our players were among the top three. The Australian team won top honours. My students heard that they spent $10,000 on their robots. We learned a great deal and I will do my best to promote the activity in other schools next year."
LBHS won this honour to represent Canada 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 team’s formation the students have displayed drive and enthusiasm as they have learned to brainstorm and work as a unit," says Mr. Spina. "They are a very sociable group of students who have shown their determination, skillfulness and perseverance during exhibitions and competitions. Fukuoka 2002 represented both a challenge and an opportunity to engage these young minds."
Michael J. Cohen