Eony Kim, Taylor Lafleur and Gauthier Appaix make up 7K Robotics. The team recently won three awards at a robotics competition in Airdrie, Alta. Photo submitted

Courtenay high school students win big at robotics competition

7K Robotics will be moving on to the U.S. Open Robotics Championship in Iowa

Three Courtenay grade 11 students came home to the Island with some new hardware over the weekend.

Gauthier Appaix, Taylor Lafleur and Eony Kim make up 7K Robotics, a robotics team they started together in October 2018 after getting their first taste of robotics at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School.

On Dec. 1, the three made their way to Airdrie, Alta. to compete in the Airdrie Regional VEX Competition where they not only won the competition but also picked up two more awards.

“It was really exciting,” said Appaix. “It was actually really fun too. All the teams are really nice there and doing well in the competition was awesome.”

Robotics teams faced off with their robots in a round-robin style competition with 16 teams vying for the top spot.

“The objective is to build a robot and then go into competition and program it and then try and do better than everyone else,” said Appaix.

The game is played on a 12 foot by 12 foot field with two teams competing against each other at once. Robots grab balls and shoot them at flags to score points. Flat saucer-like objects called caps, must also be flipped over to the team’s colour for additional points. Teams must program their robots to work autonomously for 15 seconds and then control the robot for the rest of the two-minute game.

7K Robotics, the only team not from Alberta, shot to the top of the standings with five wins, no losses and one tie. They also picked up the Excellence Award and were named the Robot Skills Champion.

Appaix says the excellence award was based on a combination of their skills, rankings, how well they did in the competition and how well they presented their robot to judges. The skills award took into account their ability to both program the robot to work autonomously, and drive it themselves.

7K Robotics will be moving on to compete in the CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Championship in Iowa from April 6-8, 2019.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to raise money for the team and two coaches to travel to Iowa for the competition: https://bit.ly/2EbOy0M

 

Three Comox Valley grade 11 students recently won the Excellence Award, Robot Skills Champion and Tournament Champion at a competition in Airdrie, Alta. Photo submitted

Just Posted

WITH VIDEO: Two endangered marmots released on Mount Washington

With three new pups born in May, two more Vancouver Island Marmots… Continue reading

Comox Archives and Museum makes presentation to d’Esterre Seniors’ Centre

At its June board meeting, Comox Archives and Museum board presented an… Continue reading

Annual Denman Island pancake breakfast coming up

Local fundraiser supports many initiatives

VIDEO: Miners Memorial graveside ceremony

For 34 years, the Cumberland Museum and Archives has presented Miners Memorial,… Continue reading

Having a day in the park

A temporary transmitting station is set up in Filberg Park in Comox… Continue reading

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Two bear cubs saved near Revelstoke after mother hit by car

Conservation officers trapped the cubs and transported them to a wildlife sanctuary

Most Read