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KTC/NSD61 Robotics Tournament Update

Posted on March 25

Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council (KTC) and Northland School Division are hosting the 1st Annual KTC/NSD61 Robotics Tournament! This Kindergarten to grade 12 event is scheduled for March 28, 2015 at Back Lakes Sports Arena in Red Earth Creek.

9 schools will be participating in this year’s event!

  • Grouard Northland School, Northland School Division
  • Hillview School (East Prairie Métis Settlement) , Northland School Division
  • Kateri School (Trout Lake), Northland School Division
  • Little Buffalo School, Northland School Division
  • Peerless Lake School, Northland School Division
  • Grimshaw Junior/Senior High School, Peace River School Division
  • Cadotte Lake School, KTC
  • Red Earth Creek School, Peace River School Division
  • John D’Or Prairie School, Little Red River Cree Nation


Back Lakes Sports Arena, Red Earth Creek, Alberta

Click on the link below for directions



Saturday March 28th, 2015 at 9:00 A.M.

Additional Information:

There will be 3 separate categories based on grade levels:

Group 1:       

Kindergarten to Grade 2 students will be using “LEGO WEDO”


Group 2:        

Grade 3 to Grade 6 students will be using “LEGO MINDSTORMS”


Group 3:  

Grade 7 to Grade 12 students will be using “LEGO MINDSTORMS” 


Group 1 competition will be a timed event. Teams will build and program several of the example robots from the WEDO kit booklets. Scoring for this event will be based on time, accuracy, team work, programming, and post competition kit reorganization. To prepare for this event the students need to work together and practice building and programming the robots from the WEDO kit booklet.

Alligator example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O_dtZ01-tY

Group 2 and Group 3 competition will be broken up into 2 main activities. The first activity will be a “Line Follower” race. Teams will be provided with an elliptical and an oval track. Scoring for the line follower will be based on time. Each team will be given several opportunities to run the track and their best lap time will be rated against all other competing teams. The second activity will be a “Sumo Challenge” which will utilize the elliptical track as an arena. The objective of the sumo challenge is for the robots to search for each other and then push their opponent out of the arena without getting pushed out of the arena themselves. For both of these activities students should design, build and test robots repeatedly until they feel they have developed a winning robot!! 

Line follower example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw8puKws8uY

Sumo Challenge example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1JWsD_er-c

Checklist for Schools Participating:

  • Bring the official ellipse and oval tournament mats (so you practice between matches)
  • A power bar
  • A stop watch
  • Group 1: bring Lego Wedo kits, laptops with Wedo software loaded
  • Group 2 and 3: bring NXT or EV3 kits, laptops and final robot designs

NOTE: Lunch will be provided

For more information please contact: 

Paul Neethling
Technology Specialist, KTC
Email: paul.neethling@ktcadmin.ca