Last week, a number of Mount Baker Secondary students joined others from all over B.C. at the Provincial Skills Canada competition, and students took home a number of medals.
The competition is a showcase for trades and technology skills and took place April 15 in Abbotsford.
Medal winners from Mount Baker include Devon Kennedy and Brandon Ouillette, who won gold in TV/Video Production; Ravindu Ranasinghe, Adam Webster and Joshua Zamora won gold in Robotics; and Cam Wilson, Noah Marasco, Brennan Weaver and Ryley Holliday won silver in robotics.
Some of the robotics students competed last year as well as this year. The robots were designed around the competition guidelines.
The Robotics challenge is a game in which two teams go head-to-head to pick up golf balls and two types of PVC pipes and then place them on a pyramid style stand. They are awarded points based on how the objects are placed on the shelves of the pyramid stand.
There were eight robotics teams in total.
There were also eight teams in the TV/Video Production Category. That competition required competitors to produce a 2-3 minute video based on a them. It tested the competitors’ ability to evaluate their proficiency in the television and video communications field.
There were others from MBSS, and the Kootenay region who showed their skills in various disciplines. Tyler Daigle from Mount Baker Secondary competed in Cabinetmaking, Cache Pedley from Golden represented the Kootenays in Welding.
The gold winning teams will now advance to the Skills Canada Nationals in Saskatoon on May 27-30.