The 2018 Canadian International Rover Challenge(CIRC) pits human brain against robotic brawn.

On it's second year of competitions, the Canadian Space Technology Advancement Group or CSTAG, aims to bring space use robotic to Canada on a large scale.CIRC1The 2018 Canadian International Rover Challenge

"Our first year we only had two and half teams so we're expanding quite a bit. We're now at 10 teams," explained Thomas Johnson, Co-Founder of CSTAG. "Basically, the whole purpose of it is to try to bring robotics to Canada and to have some variety."

Teams from Bangladesh, Poland, the USA and Canada have chosen the Badlands Community Facility as their programming and building centre.

"Having a community centre like this helps us gather all the teams together so we can kind of, talk to each other and intermingle," said Johnson. "This is kind of a first off for competitions like this. Having a centralized location and so far, it's been working out really well."

Johnson also comments that the BCF is the first facility that CIRC has used that is air-conditioned which provides an optimal environment for the rover's engineers.

"CIRC is about robotics, it's a bout team work, it's about building your strengths and designs," further explained Johnson. "It's very engineer focused but it's a lot of fun and it brings people together."

CIRC2Rovers are being built by Universities from all over the worldCIRC will be taking place all weekend long at the Badlands Community Facility as competitions include rovers to participate in a search and rescue mission as well as perform a variety of tasks.

The winner of the 10 team event will be crowned  Monday, August 13 after CIRC hold the Roverlympics.

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