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.
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.
FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. brought their A-game to NAIT, Edmonton, Alberta this past Saturday, January 20, 2018.
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!
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:
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Getting pumped for the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. 2017/2018 season? In the AQUA ADVENTURESM Challenge, more than 40,000 children will navigate the uncharted waters of this most valuable resource. In British Columbia and Alberta we have a combined total 31 FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams. On behalf of FIRST Robotics Society of western Canada, I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to all, especially to those volunteers, mentors and coaches who without your contribution, this program would not be possible.
FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.) is a non-competitive, hands-on, STEM based program designed for children ages 6 – 9. It is the first of four programs offered by FIRST. It sets the foundation for students to learn basic engineering and programming skills while igniting their creativity by using LEGO as their medium. Students are presented with a real world challenge and guided using research, critical thinking, teamwork, gracious professionalism and of course fun!
This week some of our teams learned about FIRST Core Values and built a LEGO water pump which they will incorporate into their final team model.
This is sure to be an exciting season! Please stay tuned for more and don’t forget to follow us on our social media!
Did you see that?
Seems that the Alberta Youth Robotics Society cancelled the Calgary FLL competition run by your FIRST Robotics Society. 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?