Robotics Tournament at EE Oliver April 10, 2019

Robotics Tournament at EE Oliver April 10, 2019

On April 10, 2019, E.E. Oliver Elementary School is hosting its third Robotics Tournament. This year over 30 teams from all over Northern Alberta will attend and compete in this one-of-a-kind event. Teams of 2-10 students from Holy Family Catholic Region #37 and Peace River School Division #10 will compete in over 15 different challenges. There are events designed specifically for grades 1-3, 4-6 and 7-12.


Challenges for the younger students include Lego boat building and programming Lego Boost Robots, as well as, Lego WeDo Kits to do some automated tasks. Teams in grades 4-12 will attempt a number of mazes, line-following events, as well as, races for speed and weight carrying. This year’s format for the grades 4-12 is completely new and will allow students to solve problems on the fly and use their skills of both building and programming to attempt new skills.

The final event is everyone's favourite, Sumo where robots go head to head trying to push the other robot out of the ring in a fast-paced 3-minute match. This year's Sumo event is a double - elimination tournament with two categories - grades 4-6 and grades 7 and up. All events require robots to be fully automated and programmed by the students.

Teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and mathematical logic, as well as, communication are all skills that these students are learning and developing in addition to just plain having fun. During Robotics classes, option classes, after school clubs or flexible learning time, students work together to build robots from LEGO Mindstorms kits and, then program them to operate on their own by continually refining the design of the robot and the coding until they are ready to compete. 

Students are learning from continuously analyzing and tweaking their designs and coding to make their robots faster, stronger, more efficient, and ‘smarter’ than their competitors' robots. Students build and program the robots to use light sensors to detect the edge of the track or to be able to keep their robots inside the arena.  Touch sensors or ultrasonic sensors are used to detect other objects or robots at certain distances and, then the data the sensors receive must determine how the small and large motors, speakers, and display will function. They also need to consider building strategies such as building for speed, strength or durability.

A team of students from EE Oliver Elementary School and a teacher, Leanne White, from Menno Simons Community School along with a team of volunteers, are hosting the tournament. Our student volunteers are acting as hosts, running a canteen, handling registration, as well as, assisting with setup and cleanup. Planning and organizing a large event helps these students with life and employment skills such as responsibility, problem solving and organization. 

The tournament is sponsored by PRSD Technology Services department who is providing all manner of technological support and equipment along with some great prizes. It is also sponsored by the ATA Greater Peace Local 13 Teachers who donated prizes and equipment for many events. We had many great business sponsors this year, as well, including BCOM, JayKay Consulting, Dunvegan Insurance Services, AVI SPL, Canadian National Resources Ltd, Fairview Chiropractic and a personal donation from Ms. Marg McCuaig-Boyd.  

Special thanks to all the volunteers and the staff of PRSD and EEO for their assistance putting this event together. Twitter hashtag #EEOrobotics. Tweet to @prsd10.

 **Event kicks off at 10AM and will be wrapped up by 2:30PM.  SUMO Events start at approximately 1:00PM.**