A PlayPump Story Takes Students On A Water Journey

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How often are children told to wash their hands or drink lots of water?  Probably pretty often.  Many have easy access to swimming pools, fountains,  fresh water lakes, some even have the ocean right in their backyard.  Unfortunately it’s a sad reality that accessible clean water is a luxury to many parts of the world.

So how do we teach young people to appreciate such a valuable resource when their accessibility to water is literally at the turn of a tap?

You let them discover the journey.

In FIRST® LEGO®  League Jr., students learn about a very special outdoor play apparatus in South Africa called a PlayPump.  In the communities where these were built, children are able to play on this practical merry-go-round that pumps water out of the ground and into a holding tank. From there,  a tap can be opened so the community can access this clean water supply when needed.  Students find out the benefits of this invention, and also the challenges that it faces.  Furthermore, they learn that this isn’t a one step process.

In conjunction with their Inspire Model (a LEGO Water Pump), students build the different stages that water travels in order to get to where it can be used.

Next on their Aqua Adventure, students will choose a water use that they’ll focus their team model around!

 

Are you interested in becoming a coach or mentor? It’s not too late start a FIRST LEGO League Jr. team. Email us at mentors(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com today!

Support the Alberta Women’s Science Network at the annual STEM Affair 2017

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The future of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical exploration is in your hands today!

Make a difference to diversity and inclusion in STEM by attending the AWSN’s annual STEM Affair.  By supporting this fundraiser you will be granting Alberta youth the opportunity to access any of the AWSN’s recruitment member programs to enhance their educational experience and get them excited about a career in STEM.

At the STEM Affair you will be entertained by scientific displays and be treated to the address of the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Gina Cherkowski, the Founder and CEO of STEM Learning Labs.

Be a part of this incredible night in support of diversity and inclusion in STEM.

Date & Time: October 14, 2017 at 6pm
Location: The Calgary Petroleum Club, 319 5 Ave SW, Calg
Registration: https://www.awsn.org/stemaffair2017-tickets

FIRST STEAMWORKS Western Canada Regional – April 6-8

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FIRST Steamworks

 

The 2017 FRC FIRST STEAMWORKS Western Canada Regional is April 6-8 at the University of Calgary Olympic Oval. Join us as we welcome high school robotics teams from Austalia, China, Poland, Turkey, Mexico, the USA, and Canada as they compete for robotics glory!

For full details about the event including the daily event schedule, click the link below:
2017 FRC Western Canada Regional Info

 

LIVESTREAM LINK:

http://livestre.am/5sQA8

(Please Note: to access the livestream you will need to sign up for a free account or login with your Facebook account.)

Crown Cup Schedule – February 25 2017

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Crown Cup Schedule

Registration begins 7am – 8am 7:00am – 8:00am All teams sign in, pay fee’s, and move to designated pit area
Team Welcome in Pits 8am – 8:15 8:00am – 8:15am Director welcomes team and provides brief instructions
Practice tables open 8:30am-3pm 8:30am – 3 pm Teams must schedule practice rounds with pit supervisor
Judging 8:30am to 2pm 8:30am – 2:00pm Core Values, Report, and Robot Design in Classrooms by Competition Fields.
Performance rounds 10am-2:15 10:00am – 2:15pm On field competitions
Lunch 12:00 12:30 12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch Break for Volunteers. Teams lunch according to their schedule
Guest Speakers 3:00 – 4pm 3:00pm – 4:00pm All teams meet in EAST Atrium for Brian Keating’s talk
Closing and Awards Presentations 4 – 4:30 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Crown Cup Map

2017 FRC Kickoff @ SAIT

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7am…  Doors open  SAIT ALDRED Centre outside room CA119

8am…  Introduction and Opening Remarks

8:30am…  Beginning of Kickoff Broadcast from FIRST

9:30am…  Kit distribution and checkoff

10am…  Teams break off into IDEA rooms for strategy meetings

11 am…  Closing remarks

12pm-4pm… classrooms open to teams for informal strategy sessions and team planning. ( optional ) Note: First senior mentors and experts will be available for questions and support during this time

12 am  SAIT RI3D begins and continues for three days

Calgary FLL Cancelled?

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ccc-image001Did you see that?
Seems that the Alberta Youth Robotics Society cancelled the Calgary FLL competition run by your FIRST Robotics Society.
ccc-image004 You probably planned on attending. Well, so did we… and we already booked a GREAT venue, the sound system, volunteers and a whole bunch of FLL tables.

So we figured if we have all this ready, why not compete?

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That’s right, GAME ON!

FIRST Robotics Society Western Canada has announced the Canada Crown Cup FLL tournament in Calgary, which you can read all about here!