HPSD Students Place in Provincials

HPSD Students Place in Skills Canada Provincials
Posted on 05/13/2022
EWP Charger's Team - Kamal Sharkawi, Jessica Whalen and Jack Burns pose with their winning robotStudents from Georges P. Vanier School (GPV) and E.W. Pratt High School (EWP) recently competed in the Skills Canada Provincials (Robotics) and placed fourth and fifth in the province out of ten teams.

GPV’s coach Shelby Thierstein reported that her students began their bid to get into provincials at the end of November. They spent hours at school and at home working on their high-level written proposal with a circuit diagram due at the end of January. Finally, in mid-February, they received the exciting news that they had made provincials! 

The competition's goal was to create robots that could mine ore and move it up onto elevated platforms. The team concluded that they would require two robots to accomplish this task. They spent multiple days a week problem-solving and building their robots, and that is how “Rob” and “Ert” came to be. One robot picked up the ore and deposited it into the second robot, who then sorted the ore. Unfortunately, the team’s showing at Skills didn’t go as planned due to a robot malfunction despite perfect practice rounds. However, their submission in the autonomous competition was strong enough to take them to fourth place. Next year the team’s goal is to win provincials and go on to nationals.

EWP reported that their students are also already discussing what they will do differently in next year’s competition. The High Prairie School Division is proud of these brilliant students who have taken on exceptionally complex problems and developed creative solutions! Also, a special thank you goes out to Vanier Vipers team coach Shelby Thierstein and E.W. Pratt Chargers team coach Farrukh Saeed for their encouragement and support!
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