For the second year in a row, I was given the honor to be one of four judges at the annual UOIT Robotics Competition. The number of competing teams has increased substantially since last years inaugural event, from 6 local teams to 24 teams representing 22 High Schools from as far away as Barrie and Mississauga.
Each teams LEGO Mindstorms robot is built over about an 8 week period. The robots main 2 goals are to stay on the table platform without falling off the side or the diamond cutout in the middle and to push other competing robots off the platform. Each robot is built only from the materials sourced from the LEGO Mindstorms box, and is restricted to a specific size.
This year the event had some great media attention. Discovery Canada was on scene filming the battles and interviewing various members involved. And our local Rogers Cable 10 crew showed up to shoot a short segment.
As a judge, my job was to interview each team and grade them on their design process. An Engineering award was awarded to the team who had overall highest grades from all judges. Pictured above is the robot built by the Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute team. We selected them to as the winners of the Engineering Award for the second year in a row. Congrats! Hope to see everyone again next year!