27, 2000, Gazette)
It shoots, it scores
ODonel High teacher Clar Button describes award-winning
robot, Leaf the Lucky.
by Chris Hammond
of Engineering and Applied Science and Technical Services co-hosted
a plaque ceremony and reception on April 17 for the team of high
school students who recently won the Canada First National Robotics
Competition. Clar Button, a teacher at ODonel High, and
the Vinland Berzerkers a group of students from schools
across the Avalon East district, brought in their hockey-playing
robot, Leaf the Lucky, to thank members of the engineering faculty
and Technical Services staff for their cooperative effort in
helping the team create the android and bring home the win.
beat teams from 21 other school districts across Canada and even
California (including Silicon Valley), and thanked Memorial for
the important part the university played in the effort.
Faculty of Engineering provided us with some facilities
meeting rooms to brainstorm in, a phone line for teleconferencing,
and some mentoring, Mr. Button explained. And Technical
Services helped us with design and did some fabrication that
the students arent allowed to do themselves.
say we used them less than we should have; they know so much,
their experience is vast. We couldnt have done it without
on behalf of the faculty, Jim Cooper, Engineerings manager
of finance and administration, said, The enthusiasm of
the participants grows each year and were only too happy
to assist this type of activity in any way we can. Congratulations
on the great win.
Technical Services division manager, echoed these sentiments.
see it as an opportunity the students gave us, and were
glad to have been able to contribute in a small way to such a
great win, he said.
a demonstration of Leafs stickhandling prowess and display
of the Canadarm trophy that the team received for the win, the
high school students were treated to tours of the Technical Services
and Engineering facilities.