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HWCDSB FLL robotics teams compete at provincial showcase

On January 14, FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics teams from St. Augustine, St. Eugene, St. Luke and Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary Schools competed at the Ontario West Provincial FLL Tournament. The event took place at Durham College and brought together 40 of the best teams from across the province.

This year’s “Superpowered” challenge invited students to reimagine the future of sustainable energy and power their ideas forward. Through its different yearly challenges, FIRST encourages kids to think like scientists and engineers to solve a real-world scientific topic. Each challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and Core Values. Teams start by identifying a problem with a building or public space in their community, designing a solution, and sharing their results before a panel of judges. Each team must then design, build, and program a robot using EV3 or Spike software before competing on a table-top playing field. The robot has exactly 2.5 minutes to complete its missions. All of this is completed while practising teamwork and gracious professionalism in front of another group of judges.

HWCDSB teams had a strong showing at this year’s provincials, says coach and Hamilton FLL Tournament Director Jenna Frank.

“The teams that represented our school board were very well rounded and exemplified FIRST’s primary value of Gracious Professionalism.”

Guardian Angels produced the best overall robot game ranking any of HWCDSB FLL team, narrowly missing the top 10.

This year’s Motivate Award was won by the St. Augustine Bears. The award is presented to a team that embraces the culture of FIRST LEGO League through team building, team spirit and displayed enthusiasm.

Final results:
12th place: Guardian Angels Gryphon Bots, Team 54588
26th place: St. Augustine Bears, Team 55748
32nd place: St. Luke Robolazers, Team Team 2029
36th place: St. Eugene Eagles, Team 52857





St. Augustine Bears placed 26th at this year's provincial FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship.
St. Augustine Bears placed 26th at this year's provincial FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship.

This year’s Motivate Award was won by the St. Augustine Bears. The award is presented to a team that embraces the culture of FIRST LEGO League through team building, team spirit and displayed enthusiasm.
This year’s Motivate Award was won by the St. Augustine Bears. The award is presented to a team that embraces the culture of FIRST LEGO League through team building, team spirit and displayed enthusiasm.

St. Luke Robolazers placed 32nd at this year's provincial FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship.
St. Luke Robolazers placed 32nd at this year's provincial FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship.

St. Eugene Eagles placed 36th at this year's provincial FIRST LEGO League (FLL) championship.
St. Eugene Eagles placed 36th at this year's provincial FIRST LEGO League (FLL) championship.

Guardian Angels produced the best overall robot game ranking any of HWCDSB FLL team at the provincials, narrowly missing the top 10.
Guardian Angels produced the best overall robot game ranking any of HWCDSB FLL team at the provincials, narrowly missing the top 10.

Guardian Angels Gryphon Bots Bears placed 12th at this year's provincial FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship.
Guardian Angels Gryphon Bots Bears placed 12th at this year's provincial FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship.

HWCDSB FLL robotics teams compete at provincial showcase
HWCDSB FLL robotics teams compete at provincial showcase