Twenty teams from across New Brunswick will gather at Rothesay Netherwood School on Friday, November 29, 2019 to take part in the province’s first FLL robotics tournament. Youth ages 9 through 14 (grades 4 - 8) have worked in teams all year to program LEGO® Mindstorms® robots to complete complex missions.
Recognizing the importance of engaging young minds in scientific thinking that will prepare children to develop enhanced technology in an increasingly digital world, Rothesay Netherwood School has teamed up with FIRST, Acadia University, and Brilliant Labs to bring robotics to New Brunswick.
“This is the first event of its kind and we are excited to provide this opportunity for the bright young students in our province.” says Tammy Earle, Director of Technology and Learning Initiatives at Rothesay Netherwood School, adding that the competition will be held annually.
FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL) competitions allow Middle School students to come together to innovate and solve problems. In FIRST, they become part of a thriving community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope for a stronger, more sustainable future - one that’s built better together. In preparation for the competition, teams have been working hard on developing innovative solutions, which they will be required to present to a team of judges, as part of the tournament.
“Events like First LEGO League robotics give students an arena to showcase their abilities and it’s also a great opportunity for them to continue to learn and apply what they’ve learned in school including math, science, social studies, technology, the engineering design process, and of course problem solving,” says Mr. Jeff Willson, Executive Director of Brilliant Labs, a major sponsor of the event.
“Each team will be judged on their ability to collaborate and complete tasks successfully, including coding and designing their robot with a strategy in mind to overcome key obstacles. Anything can go wrong and participants need to know how to think critically, analyze and solve problems quickly as a team,” he says. “We’re excited to team up with Rothesay Netherwood School with the great help and support offered by Tammy Earle and Mary Ellen Wilcox who are hosting the tournament.”
Mr. Willson adds that support from federal CanCode and ACOA partners and the New Brunswick Department of Early Education and Childhood Development has made the event possible.
An invitation-only VIP Session is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm. The VIP session will provide background information, meet with teams and coaches, and watch the robot games in action. Several government officials will be attending.
The competition will at Rothesay Netherwood’s Heritage Hall on Friday, November 29th.
Champion teams from the competitions will earn the right to represent New Brunswick at the regional championship tournament held annually at Acadia University on February 15th, 2019.
Click below to learn more about FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL) https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll/challenge-and-season-info