Grade 9 students at Summerland Secondary School work on a robotics project. From left are Joseph Campagnaro

Robotics team ready

A team of Grade 9 students from Summerland Secondary School will compete at the regional level in early March.

After excelling in a recent robotics event in Kelowna, a team of Grade 9 students from Summerland Secondary School will compete at the regional level in early March.

Nick Kast, a teacher at Summerland Secondary School, said the students won awards for programming, design and simplicity as well as finalist awards.

The competition was held in partnership with Okanagan College.

On March 8 and 9, they will be at the B.C. Institute of Technology for the regional competition.

A total of 84 teams from the Yukon Territory to Washington State will be in the competition. Kast said the students have been put into Division A, the toughest division for students involved in robotics.

“This year, the Grade 9s are doing very well,” he said. “They’re good at problem solving and prototyping.”

After each competition, the students have returned to the school and reworked their designs for the next event.

Depending on their performance in March, the students may also have an opportunity to show their knowledge at a higher level. “If we place first or second at BCIT, we can go to the Worlds,” he said. The world competition will be held in Anaheim, California in spring.