N.L. team wins at international robotics competition

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Clarenville High School tops intermediate category in Michigan

ALPENA, Mich. — A team of students from Newfoundland and Labrador was among the winners Saturday in a global robotics competition at the only federal freshwater marine sanctuary in the United States.

A group of students from Clarenville High School took top honours in the intermediate category at the 13th Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition in Alpena, Mich.

The high school and university teams were among 60 from 13 countries participating in the 13th Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

The top three in the intermediate category were Clarenville High School of Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; Cornerstone Academy of Gainesville, Florida; and Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Taking first place in the advanced category was a team from Jesuit High School of Carmichael, California. Second- and third-place winners were Bauman Moscow State University of Moscow and Far Eastern Federal University of Vladivostok, Russia. Winners were announced Saturday night.

Teams worked with robots in a large tank while judges evaluated their performance along with engineering and communication. They were also judged on the design and construction of their robots.

Tasks included identifying a simulated shipwreck, collecting microbial samples from a sinkhole, inventorying invasive species and removing trash.

“It’s really put us on a global stage,” Sanctuary archaeologist Stephanie Gandulla told The Associated Press.

The facility is among 14 national marine sanctuaries operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was established to preserve and protect the Great Lakes and the roughly 200 shipwrecks found in the area.

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Organizations: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Clarenville High School of Clarenville, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School of New Bedford, Massachusetts.Taking Jesuit High School of Carmichael Bauman Moscow State University of Moscow and Far Eastern Federal University of Vladivostok National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Geographic location: California, Newfoundland and Labrador, Clarenville Michigan United States.The Canada Great Lakes

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  • Greg
    June 30, 2014 - 22:49

    Congratulations! An amazing accomplishment!

  • Guy Incognito
    June 29, 2014 - 11:31

    Way to represent the Province! Good Job Team!