Winnipeg students creating robots will go to competition

Winnipeg students creating robots will go to competition

Garden City Collegiate students are going to show their creation at 'FIRST Robotics.'

While other children were playing games, these students were creating robots. They will be the first team from Manitoba to attend the competition. According to the rules of the competition, students built robots for six weeks. All robots will overcome many obstacles in a huge arena.

More than 3000 teams from all over the world will also take part in 'FIRST Robotics.'

"As a rookie I'm feeling pretty confident," Lacson from Garden City Collegiate says. "We still have a few weeks left. But I think we're making really good progress."

Garden City Collegiate team is called "Gophertronics" and it will go to North Dakota in March. If it passes the qualifying round, it will go to an international competition.

"I have students that are very academically standing, who come and they're like, 'I don't know how to use that wrench, or I've never used wire cutters," she says. "To teach someone to use something with their hands and to see their face light up when they do it, it's very exciting."

"Gophertronics" consists of designers, engineers, machinists, metal workers and so on. Despite the fact that some of them are graduates this year, they will continue to work in a team next year.

"Hopefully we can grow this into a province-wide venture, and we can have many different teams across Winnipeg [and] across Manitoba that can be competing in this," Lacson says.

Not all student friends share their hobbies and call them nerds. However, the guys do not pay attention to it and confidently go to their goal.

"They're like, 'Oh my God, you're such a nerd.' I'm like, 'Yeah that's okay. There's nothing wrong with being a nerd."

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FIRST Robotics Garden City Collegiate competition