A robotics team stands out abroad

Notably, Montreal’s Saint-Laurent Secondary School competed against the NASA team

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Erika Bisaillon

Erika Bisaillon
The press

A Montreal high school robotics team put in a remarkable performance at the World Championships in April in the United States, even earning them an honorable mention from the National Assembly.

Thanks to its double victory at the Montreal Robotics Festival, Express-O, the robotics team from the Saint-Laurent school has received a pass to the World Robotics Championship in the United States. The ten students of the 3e on the 5the So Secondary flew to Texas to compete against the world’s top 456 teams from 38 countries, including none other than NASA.


Photo Denis Germain, special collaboration

Saint-Laurent High School’s robotics team received certificates of honor from the National Assembly.

Next to rank 23e Express-O is ranked among the 75 teams in its division and won the inspiration prize at the FIRST Techno Challenge, the ultimate award of the event, thanks to its robot capable of instantly imitating the actions of human pilots, but also its three degrees -Able to deploy cannon to track a target in real time.

The Saint-Laurent school was the only one to represent Quebec at the World Cup. “Express-O has impressed several teams with its various mechanisms, its mechanical design and its programming algorithms,” says Bruno Bastos, his teacher in charge.

The project is far from limited to building robots of different sizes. By working year-round, sometimes seven days a week, the youngsters were able to develop many skills, such as project management and collaboration.

A “second family”

Programming and coding were a place of discovery for 16-year-old Olivia, who dreams of becoming a computer engineer. “I loved working with algorithms and databases to develop the vision, the eyes, of our robot. »

Although she had a huge crush on programming, her thirst for learning encouraged her to switch to a different field next year. “It’s a concrete application of what we’ve learned from the various mentors over the year and I’d really like to learn new things. »

For her part, Maria-Clara, 14, was responsible for assembling the robot. The championship experience was a real revelation.

In the USA we competed against the best robotics teams in the world. The experience was great and brought us all closer together. Express-O is now like our second family.

Maria-Clara, 14, member of the robotics team at Saint-Laurent High School

Both claim to want to start preparing for next year’s competition starting this summer. “We will try to improve and practice this summer to be even better next year! »

As part of a robotics mentoring program, the students were accompanied by five volunteer mentors from various large companies such as Bombardier.


Photo Denis Germain, special collaboration

Liberal MP Marwah Rizqy presented certificates of honor to members of Saint-Laurent High School’s robotics team. At his side, in the photo, is mentor Bruno Bastos.

For the teacher responsible, the various awards prove “that the public school can achieve extraordinary things. It also shows the young people that, for example, engineering, programming and technical drawing are professions of the future, concrete and fun, with which you can earn a good living.

On May 20th, all team members received Certificates of Honor from the National Assembly, personally presented by the MNA for Saint-Laurent, Marwah Rizqy, to mark their remarkable achievements over the past year.

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