Ryerson University students to disarm fake bomb as part of final exam

A police officer approaches a police bomb disposal robot holding a suspicious package on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Some Ontario university students are set for a stressful final examination: disarming fake bombs with robots they’ve designed.

Ryerson University says computer science students will navigate robots through a simulated crime scene Tuesday afternoon as they try to disable mock improvised explosive devices, draw maps and describe the area.

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The Toronto university says the exam will test students on their coding ability, design and improvisation skills.

Ryerson says the goal is to contribute to finding better ways to safely disarm or neutralize bombs.

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There will be four groups of students wearing bomb suits and each will have 15 minutes to guide an explosive disposal robot that will carry a smaller robot up stairs or into an elevator.

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Once at the fake crime scene, students will have 15 more minutes to navigate the smaller robot through an obstacle course to find a container and neutralize smaller bombs.

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