Last February, we announced you that it was time to register for the 2022 edition of the Educational Services Computer Programming Contest at the Centre de services scolaires (CSS) de la Capitale. Just before classes ended, we had the opportunity to participate in an activity with the winning teams.
Since the first competition in 2018, nearly 200 elementary students and about 40 teachers have been introduced to programming and robotics. Participating teachers receive coaching from CSS educational consultants.
Although most of the competition's editions have been experienced differently (due to the pandemic), the essence remains the same. Martin Baril, pedagogical advisor at the CSS, proposes a course to the teams. The goal is then to build a robot and make it travel as fast as possible along this path.
In this year's context, teachers had to film the teams and send the best time video sequence to the contest organizers. Two teams were then declared winners, one for the programming component and one for the robotics component.
As luck would have it (or was it their teacher's magic?), the two winning teams of the contest were in the class of Félix-Antoine Sauvageau, from the CSS de la Capitale's L'Odyssée school.
On June 14, 2022, the two winning teams were invited to visit the NorLAB research laboratory, which specializes in robotics, at Université Laval. The students were able to manipulate a giant robot outside, follow its statistical data on a screen, discuss with students and take a tour of the laboratory facilities.
Throughout the event, the young (and not so young) enjoyed the students' energy and exploring the facilities. (Psstt! We are told that a snow shoveling robot is under construction and will be tested next winter. Interesting, isn't it?)
What better way to keep track of the activity than with pictures!
The programming and robotics contest will be back for 2023. Even though it is initiated by pedagogical advisors of the Centre de services scolaires de la Capitale, classes from all over Quebec are invited to participate.
To (re)read the article that presented the contest : A friendly programming and robotics competition