Indo-Canadian Dominated Robotics Team From Surrey To Compete At World Championships

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The Enver Creek Robotics Club, which is dominated by Indo-Canadian youngsters, prepares for a recent competition. The club is in Anaheim this week competing at the worlds.

SURREY — An Indo-Canadian dominated Robotics team from in Surrey is off to the world robotics championships but for Munraj Grewal, who is making his second trip, he wants to come back with some shining medal this time around.

“Last year we didn’t do as well as we expected because we were rookies [but] this year I think we’ll do a lot better,” Grewal told the Now newspaper

The tall 16-year-old pauses, suddenly shy. “I think we even have a chance at winning our division and hopefully the Worlds.”

It’s an ambitious dream for a club that started out with four kids and one robot.

“We bought one robotics kit and built a robot, went to a couple of competitions and it just grew from there,” says club organizer Travis Burroughs.

Four short years ago, Burroughs, who teaches engineering, drafting and metalwork at Enver Creek Secondary, got the idea to start a robotics club after a few students expressed an interest. The team started out competing in local championships and after a couple of years at that level, they decided to aim higher.

“If you win one of those [local] tournaments you get to go to the B.C. Season Qualifier and then if you get an award, you get to qualify for the [VEX Robotics High School World] Championships in Anaheim,” explains Grewal, a Grade 11 student.

But before the club even gets to that first tournament, there’s a lot of work to be done.

“The process starts with a design. We get out the sketchbooks and draw what we’re going to do, what the game is, what we need to overcome, any obstacles, anything that we might face,” explains Nick Tsimoshkin, 16, who’s in his third year in the club. Then, the students build prototypes and fine-tune the robots until they’re satisfied.

“[It’s] a lot of trial and error,” admits Burroughs. “But this year, they’ve just been ahead of things and they’ve managed to keep the robot at a nice solid level all the way along.”

It helps that the school and the PAC have been so supportive.

Courtesy Now Newspaper