Gerald McShane Hosts 9th Annual RoboJunior Competition

Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North recently played host to the 9th Annual RoboJunior Competition. Once the dust finally settled from two intense days of competition, Merton Elementary School in Cote St. Luc swept the Robotics Dance competition and Royal Vale won the Overall Championship!

L’école primaire Royal Vale de NDG a remporté le concours Robocup de cette année qui s’est tenu à l’école primaire Gerald McShane de Montréal-Nord. L’école avance au niveau provincial et espère se qualifier pour le concours international Robocup qui aura lieu à Istanbul, Turquie.

Royal Vale Elementary School now advances to the provincial round, with the hope of qualifying for RoboCup International in Istanbul, Turkey. In the picture below, standing from left to right are: EMSB Director of Pedagogical Services Sandra Furfaro, Liberal Member of Parliament for Bourassa Denis Coderre, EMSB Deputy Director General Roma Medwid, Royal Vale science and robotics teacher  Avelino Morais, EMSB Director General Robert Stocker, Montreal North Borough Mayor Gilles Deguire, Serge Daigle from the office of the Ministry of  Education,  Leisure and Sports (MELS)  Line Beauchamp, Minister of Education, EMSB Vice-Chairman and commissioner for Montreal North Sylvia Lo Bianco.

Représentés de gauche à droite: Sandra Furfaro, directrice des Services pédagogiques de la CSEM, Denis Coderre, membre libéral du parlement pour Bourassa, Roma Medwid, directrice générale adjointe de la CSEM, Avelino Morais, enseignant de sciences et de robotique de Royal Vale, Robert Stocker, directeur général de la CSEM, Gilles Deguire, maire de l’arrondissement de Montréal-Nord, Serge Daigle, du bureau du ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), Line Beauchamp, Ministre de l’Éducation et Sylvia Lo Bianco, vice-présidente de la CSEM et commissaire de la circonscription de Montréal-Nord.

The event which is open to students in both elementary and high school, attracts more than 400 students annually. The competition invites students to participate in varying robotics challenges which include dance, soccer as well as search and rescue. Unique to this year’s competition was the Beatles challenge, which includes five specific games inspired by music from the Beatles. Two examples of these Beatles themed games were: “Strawberry Fields Forever,” where students had toconstruct and program a robot that can distinguish and “pick” strawberries and bring them off the field. Robots were required to do this while avoiding to take any blackberries out of the field. Or “The Fool on The Hill,” where the robots had to climb a 45 degree ramp and once the robot has all four of its wheels on the ramp, it attempted to shoot a ball into a bucket 16 inches away.