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School District 71 teams

School District 71 had a great robot season. This photo, from the VEX Worlds qualifiers at Gladstone in February, has teams from Highland, Isfeld and NIDES/Navigate.

SD#71 students can participate and compete in: First LEGO League,  Skills Canada Robots and Sumobots, VEX Robotics. There are also a variety of other competitions.



FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a comprehensive program involving robotic and engineering challenges for students from Primary Grades to the end of High School. One element of this is the First LEGO LEAGUE which focuses on students in grades 4-8. The new Nature's Fury challenge will be released in September 2013. Check these links out to learn more about FIRST:

  1. First LEGO League
  2. First LEGO League: World Class - the 2014 challenge
  3. Team Resources
  4. First LEGO League British Columbia
  5. First Canada
  6. FLL Blog

  7. Previous challenges 2013 - 1999



Skills Canada promotes the skilled trades and technology careers. Skills Canada competitions take place at a regional, provincial, and national levels. Skills Canada robots can be build from either kits or from scratch. Students from the Comox Valley have won the national challenge, in both Robotics and the related field of Electronics, on a number of occasions.

  1. Skills Canada BC
  2. Skills Canada
  3. Robotics Competition: pdf file outlining the competition for secondary students
  4. Provincials - Sumobots: for students from grades 6 to 9
  5. Provincials - LEGO Challenge



The VEX Robotics competitions are aimed at Middle School, High School and College students. Each year the "challenge" is different. Even if you don't take part in a formal competition, the skills and ideas needed build a strong technology foundation. The 2012 winning alliance (of three teams) came from Vancouver, BC, New Zealand and California. (We live in a flat world where all can aspire to excellence.)

  1. 2015 SkyRise and match video - from VEX via Youtube
  2. SkyRise rules: game manual pdf
  3. Announced events
  4. VEX U: for Colleges and Universities
  5. 2015 VEX IQ Highrise and match video for Elementary and Middle Schools
  6. Highrise rules: game manual pdf

  7. 2014: Toss Up , game manual and match video - from VEX via Youtube
  8. 2013: Sack Attack
  9. 2012: Gateway
  10. 2011: Round Up
  11. 2010: Clean Sweep



The following is a partial list (in alphabetical order) of some of the other robotic competitions in which elementary, high school and college-aged students may participate. Some of these have focus that you may find particularly interesting. Feel free to let us know about the ones we've missed:

  1. AUVSI student competitions - covers air, ground, surface, and underwater events
  2. Best Robotics
  3. Botball
  4. International Aerial Robotics competition
  5. RoboCup
  6. RoboGames
  7. Robotic competitions - from Wikipedia (contains some dead links)

We welcome suggestions that include local information and information from your perspective. So...send us an email and let us know what is going on in your part of the world.

Stewart Savard (eLibrarian) and Randy Grey (Career Coordinator)


Created by Stewart Savard SD#71 (Comox Valley) April 2009. Updated March 2016.

 Careers link      

These links connect you to a wealth of teacher resources.

Here are a few links to some of our friends in Robotic Clubs on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Washington State and around the world:


Interested in studying Robotics. These links may help you to find local, national and international opportunities to explore your interests.