Local students took home high marks at an international robotics competition.
 
Fort Saskatchewan High’s Sting Robotics team competed at this year’s For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition, an international competition made up of 35 teams from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Germany and Turkey.
 
“It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get,” said Rick Kobylnyk, the FIRST Robotics teacher at Fort Saskatchewan High. “We’re taking concepts the students are learning in the classroom and applying those to complex, multi-faceted problems that require teamwork and creativity.”
 
Since January, the team has been busy designing, building and programming an industrial-size robot with sensors, motors, gears and software.
 
Throughout the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition, teams work with their robot using an alliance format playing the game First Power Up.
 
Points are gained by stacking cubes on various pivoting scales and programming the robot to perform specific tasks on the field. Overall, the Sting Robotics team took home seventh place.
 
The team also took home the ULC Safety Award, handed out for excellence in robotic pit maintenance and efficiency.

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