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FMPSD Students Take Part In 7th Annual Robotics Tournament

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
FMPSD Students Take Part In 7th Annual Robotics Tournament

This robot gathers marbles with precision and returns the balls to its creators for points

Around 150 students were at Walter and Gladys Hill Public School fighting for robo-domination.

The Fort McMurray Public School District held its 7th annual Robotics Tournament on Saturday – allowing around 50 teams to compete in different robotics-based competitions.

Ali Syed is the tournament co-founder and Director of Information Technology with the FMPSD.

He tells Mix News the goal of the tournament is to foster interests in engineering and robotics.

“That speaks about the intellectual capital here in Fort McMurray. I know we’re more known for oil as a resource, but we are also known secretly for the amazing robotics, engineering talent that we get in these kids.”

Robert Reid is the other co-founder and says the tournament consists of around 80 per cent of FMPSD schools.

“We had 16 schools leading up to this, twelve of which were Elementary schools and we have about ten of those schools here today.”

With around 50 teams and hundreds of spectators, the competition is the largest robotics tournament in all of Alberta.

Syed feels the earlier these kids are introduced to 21st-century technology – the more beneficial for their long-term futures.

“The pace of the changes in the information era is just enormous. We are moving from the digital era or the information highway era to an automation, robotics era.”

The tournament has continued to grow exponentially since its inception and Syed and Reid only hope to see it grow even larger.
 

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