Calgary FIRST LEGO League Championship

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Join us on Saturday February 24, 2018 for the Official Calgary FIRST® LEGO® League Championship and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Expo at the Aldred Centre in SAIT!

Students aged 10-14 will compete for a spot at the FIRST LEGO League International Open at LEGOLAND California! And come meet a couple of our newest FIRST LEGO League Jr teams and see their Team Models built from their Aqua Adventure Challenge.

Schedule:

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM                    Team Registration

8:30 AM to 9:00 AM                    Opening Ceremonies

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM                    Practice Tables Open

10:00 AM to 2:15 PM                   Performance Rounds

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM                     Guest Speaker Dr. Vita Martez

4:00 PM to 4:30 PM                     Closing Ceremonies

Click here for a map of SAIT Campus.  Please note parking is available in lots D & H for $7/day.

 

Special thanks to our Sponsors DOW and the Alberta Government, and to SAIT for hosting our event and for being on ongoing supporter of FIRST Robotics!

 

 

Calling All Volunteers!

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Volunteers power FIRST® at every level, impacting thousands of young people around the world each year. They are the heart of our programs, and it is our amazing volunteer community that makes our world-class events a success. Volunteering is a highly rewarding experience, allowing you to interact and help bright young students achieve their dreams. Taking on a volunteer role at an event is a great way to get involved with FIRST on a short term basis, and we have many technical and non-technical roles available.

On February 24th we will be hosting the 2018 Alberta Provincial FIRST® LEGO® League Championship and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Expo. We are significantly short on volunteers this year and are asking anyone interested, to please contact Craig Maynard at craig(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com.

On behalf of FIRST Robotics Society, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support of our organization as well as for your time and dedication as a volunteer. It is your contribution and enthusiasm that has shaped what FIRST has become and what our students will bring with them as they become our next generation of innovators and leaders.

 

EDMONTON EXPO at NAIT

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FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. brought their A-game to NAIT, Edmonton, Alberta this past Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Image credit to Fred Rushworth at skinny_skier(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yahoo.ca
2018 FIRST LEGO League Champions –  JunioTech Nanosharks

Junior teams had a blast in this non-competitive learning based  AQUA ADVENTURESM Challenge.  They showed off a variety of water journey’s to their chosen water use such as skating rinks, swimming pools and  plumbing. Team Models were built, programmed and ready to be presented to a Reviewer with their Show-me Board!

Image credit to Fred Rushworth at skinny_skier(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yahoo.ca

FIRST® LEGO® League teams were heard chanting through the halls of NAIT on route to their scheduled HYDRODYNAMICSSM themed competition.  Their robots needed to complete a series of water related missions to score points. First Place was awarded to JunioTech Nanosharks from Calgary, Alberta and Second Place was awarded to Panthéres from École  Joseph-Moreau of Edmonton, Alberta.

Global News and CBC Radio-Canada were on location to catch the action. Check out their links below:

Alberta students display their engineering ability with Lego

Robots Concus Par Jeunes

Congratulations to all teams who participated and special thanks to our sponsors NAIT, DOW and the Government of Alberta for their contributions in making this event a success!

FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. EXPO in Edmonton, Alberta

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Have you ever wondered how you get the water you use in your daily life? Whether it’s to brush your teeth, quench your thirst, cook your food, or even take a swim – all of us need water! Does it come from the ground, a river or a lake? How do you make sure it’s safe to drink, and what happens when it goes down a drain? In this season’s AQUA ADVENTURE and HYDRO DYNAMICS Robot Game, we’ll explore these questions and many more, and we’ll get to learn about the amazing engineering used to protect our most precious liquid asset – water!!

Location:  NAIT, Main Campus, Edmonton, Alberta

Date:  Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Time: Opening ceremonies at 8:30am

A quick note about parking. This year the areas at NAIT where you can park for free during the Tournament have been changed.  Unlike last year, you can no longer park anywhere.  Parking is limited to lots A/B and D ONLY.  If you park in another lot you must pay or you will be ticketed.

Click here for Campus Parking Map

Auto-Nation Invasion

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On December 2nd, 2017 FIRST Robotics Society hosted the first ever Auto-Nation Invasion practice competition at SAIT in Calgary, Alberta.  This event included all four levels of FIRST®.

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. showcased their AQUA ADVENTURESM progress on their Team Model and Show Me Board.  Thank you to Ultra Master Water Surfers (Team 11227) and Ultra Mega Golden Dragons (Team 12225) of Calgary, Alberta for coming out and showing off their surfing simulator and dog park fountain.  Fantastic innovations on both projects!

FIRST® LEGO® League teams began their very first challenge of the HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season. LEGO® EV3 bots navigated throughout an exciting field of challenges such as pipe removals, man-hole covers, water treatment, collection and applications.  What an incredible turnout with 10 teams! Thank you to Aqua Narwhales, MicroWave, Prehistoric Programmers, Nose Creek Kodiaks, Bragg Creek Robotics, University of Calgary The Spray and Unicorns of the Sea, Okotoks Waterlords, Blue Tech & H20 for your participation!

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

Four teams with FIRST® TECH Challenge came to test their robots in this head to head challenge. SWAT Bots, Data Wolves, Canmore OLS & Xplorobotics showed off their Relic Recovery skills by scoring glyphs into the cryptoboxes and completing rows,
column, and ciphers, transferring relics to the recovery zone, retrieving jewels, parking their robot on the balancing stones, and navigating to specific parts of the playing field!

 

The highlight of the day was the FIRST® Robotics Competitions BetaBots Challenge.  Teams competed against each other in this first ever Pollen Action event. Thank you to all teams who came out to compete, and Congratulations to Team 5630, the Nomads on winning first place this unique competition!

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

 

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

Quality Award for superb execution went to Team 6351, Rundle College whose machine was built with an exceptionally thought out and detailed plan in mind.

 

 

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

Innovation in Control Award went to Rookie Team 7277, Mandela Robotics for solid programming, innovating while addressing the game’s challenge and building a reliable robot able to withstand the stress of competition.

 

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

Creativity Award went to Team 1482, Grandin Ghosts. This team created this device/strategy rather than discovering it once the robot was built. This team was also the highest ball shooter of the day.

 

 

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

Judges Award went to Team 4733, Scarlett Robotics whose perseverance shined when it came to troubleshooting their robot.  This circumstance showed that the team fully embraced the principles of FIRST®, thereby catching the judge’s attention.

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy this incredible event!  A very special thank you to our sponsors DOW, SAIT & the Government of Alberta, whose generous contributions continue to help us to inspire young people to become the science and technology leaders of tomorrow!

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!