Hudson (left) and Nelson Schier took first place in the dance competition at the Western Canada RoboCup Junior at Okanagan College.

Hudson (left) and Nelson Schier took first place in the dance competition at the Western Canada RoboCup Junior at Okanagan College.

Robo bros claim sixth straight cup

Reigning champions Nelson and Hudson Schier successfully defend title in dance competition at Western Canada RoboCup Junior

Reigning champions Nelson and Hudson Schier successfully defended their title in the dance competition at the eighth annual Western Canada RoboCup Junior at Okanagan College. In addition, they also won an award for Best Innovative Design.

The Vernon brothers were just two of more than 200 elementary and secondary students from across the Okanagan Valley who competed at this year’s event.

This is the sixth time the Schiers have won the dance portion of RoboCup Junior. The winners of each category – dance, soccer and rescue – have the opportunity to go on to compete in the international competition in Brazil in July.

“We’re always excited to compete at RoboCup and are happy we won,” said Hudson Schier.

“We couldn’t go to the international competition last year, but we plan to go this year and will be adding way more features to the Octopus robot in preparation.”

Winners came from a variety of schools and communities from the Okanagan and beyond and trophies were handed out to teams from Salmon Arm, Vernon, West Kelowna, Kelowna and Vancouver.

Each winning team received a Telus Award, comprised of an electronics kit that can be used to build other fun projects while at the same time teaching the students more about electronics and robotics.