RoboCup Junior title successfully defended by Vernon brothers

Hudson (left) and Nelson Shier are the reigning champs at the Western Canada RoboCup Junior competition help at Okanagan College in Kelowna on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. EDS: Photo of Hudson (left) and Nelson Shier
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8TH ANNUAL ROBOT COMPETITION

KELOWNA – A pair of Vernon brothers plan to go to the international competition this year after winning the 8th annual Western Canada RoboCup Junior Friday at Okanagan College in Kelowna.

Reigning champs Nelson and Hudson Schier also won the award for Best Innovative Design.

Over 200 elementary and high school students mostly from the Okanagan took part in this year’s competition.

It’s actually the sixth time the brothers have won the dance portion of the RoboCup Junior event, which also includes soccer and rescue categories.

This year’s international competition will be held in Brazil this summer.

“We couldn’t go to the international competition last year, but we plan to go this year,” Hudson Scheir said. “We’ll be adding way more features to the Octopus robot in preparation.”

“The creations were exceptional,” event organizer and chair of the Electronic Engineering department at Okanagan College Nadir Ould-Khessal said.

Trophies were also handed out to teams from Salmon Arm, Vernon, West Kelowna, Kelowna and Vancouver.

The winners get an electronics kit from Telus to help them build more robots.

Here’s a list of results:

Dance Challenge – Primary Category

First Place: “Feel the Groove” Dorothea Walker (Kelowna)
Team members: Courtney Fornasero, Jayden Clare, Lauren Jonker, Taya Ito

Second Place: “Potion Masters” Constable Neil Bruce (West Kelowna)
Team members: Christine Semeniuk, Jocelyn Podolsky

Third Place: “Robo Rocket” Constable Neil Bruce (West Kelowna)
Team members: Katrina Billinton, Tessa Espino

Dance Challenge – Secondary Category

First Place: “Robo Bros” Clarence Fulton and Vernon Secondary (Vernon)
Team members: Hudson Shier, Nelson Shier

Second Place: “Queens of Rock” Constable Neil Bruce (West Kelowna)
Team members: Emma Horbay, Jane Newall, Melissa Jewsbury

Rescue Challenge – Primary Category

First Place: “Team One” King’s Christian School (Salmon Arm)
Team members: Daniel Roodzant, Jenessa Zappone

Second Place: “WDKWWADBWTA” Constable Neil Bruce (West Kelowna)
Team members: Harrison Larson, Joel Semeniuk, Naved Wasti

Third Place: “Rescuers Return” CPS Online School
Team members: Adam White, Patwin McSorley

Rescue Challenge – Secondary Category

First Place: “Building in Motion” Constable Neil Bruce (West Kelowna)
Team members: Gavin Newall, Kyle Billinton

Second Place: “Robahkiin” Aberdeen Hall (Kelowna)
Team members: Justin McHale, Marcus Kemp

Third Place: “Creators” Constable Neil Bruce (West Kelowna)
Team members: Danielle Long, Georgia Gibbings

Soccer Challenge – Primary Category

First Place: “Dream Team” CPS Online School
Team members: Cameron McConnechy, Matthew Yong

Second Place: “Storm” CPS Online School
Team members: Daria Loewen, Hannah Hinter

Third Place: “Joebotics” St. Joseph Elementary (Kelowna)
Team members: Cooper Clarkson, Jared Gravelle-Prince, Joel Hrasko

Soccer Challenge – Secondary Category

First Place: “Sager Soccer” Sager Education (Vancouver)
Team members: Brian Geze Zhuang, Jeff Zizheng Ma, Mike Yuhao Zhai

Second Place: “Robo Knights 1” Kelowna Christian School
Team members: Devon Bourgeois

Third Place: “Robo Knights 2” Kelowna Christian School
Team members: Philip Mazur

To contact the reporter for this story, email halexander@infotelnews.ca or call 250-491-0331.

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