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Vancouver high-school students place second at RoboCup soccer competition

07/27/2014 09:07 EDT | Updated 09/26/2014 05:59 EDT
VANCOUVER - A team of Vancouver high-school students came in second place at an international robotic soccer competition held in Brazil.

Allen Chak, Bryan Ge (GUH), Felix Huang (HWONG), Jeff Ma (MAH) and Robert Mo (MOH) built soccer-playing robots that competed in the 2014 RoboCup competition.

Sixteen-year-old Chak says getting second place was a great surprise and says he is thinking of programming robots when he grows up.

Team SagerSoccer competed under the category of two-on-two robot teams built by people aged 14 to 19 that must use artificial intelligence to operate.

SagerSoccer's robots are about the size of two phone books stacked together and raced around on wheels to manoeuvre the ball.

Once the robots were had the net in sight, they would use compressed air to extend a small pipe that kicked the ball into the net.

Chak says he would love to enter the competition again.