Christine Watson

"The best part of myRobotRumble experience was all the new and fun things I learned. I attended two years in a row and both years I had so much fun. I encourage everyone to at least try it one time."

The annual myRobotRumble SUMObot Challenge at Saskatchewan Polytechnic attracts high school students from around the province. Saskatchewan Polytechnic provides the SUMObot kits. It's up to students, working with their teachers, to build, program and test their robots. At the competition, SUMObots face off in pairs; the robot that stays in the ring the longest wins.

Christine Watson was a novice when she decided to sign up. "I thought it would be a great opportunity to try something new. I met new people and learned different things. I learned a lot about programming and some basic knowledge on resistors and wiring. The best part would have to be getting first place in my first year and third in my second year."

Christine knew she wanted to pursue some kind of career in computers, but myRobotRumble helped her find a direction. "The competition definitely influenced me to come to Saskatchewan Polytechnic and attend Computer Engineering Technology," she says. "The program is very hands-on, which is my favourite part. For example, we learn about circuits in a lecture and build the circuits in labs."

She also enjoys the learning environment at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. "I enjoy how friendly everyone is. The instructors are easy to talk to and always willing to spend extra time with students."

Christine Watson
Computer Engineering Technology

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 26,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.