On Saturday, February 3, 28 teams from across BC will take the stage at St. Margaret’s School for the annual FIRST® LEGO® League BC Regional Championships. This marks the third year that the event has been hosted by affiliate partner, St. Margaret’s School (SMS).
Each year the tournament has a theme that challenges participating students to come up with creative robot designs to solve a wide range of problems relating to real world issues. This year’s theme is Hydro Dynamics – how to find, transport, use, or dispose of water.
Teams undergo a number of challenges and are judged based on their ability to solve problems using FIRST® LEGO® League core values, their technical design skills, teamwork, a project and a robot game which is refereed.
SMS has two teams competing this year and they are bringing some extremely innovative ideas to the table thanks to the help of coaches Michael Jones, Nicole Formosa and Keith Jacobsen. We encourage you to come out and watch them in action.
“Tournament day is an exciting event that captures months of learning and even spurs on the students’ next adventures, whether it be to enhance their robot coding or continuing to develop their prototypes of solutions to this season’s challenge," said Lauren Hudson, STEM program support teacher and tournament coordinator. "The day is often not without disappointment for awards narrowly missed and robots run awry, but this opportunity has the potential to help students learn lessons of sportsmanship, perseverance and persistence. Our St. Margaret’s School students as well as any student can benefit from this opportunity."
Events like this at every level offer students an amazing experience as they celebrate their hard work, have fun, make new friends, and are exposed to ideas and ideology that will enhance their lives for decades to come.
SMS was named the official affiliate partner for BC in September 2015. As part of the school's overall approach to STEM education, St. Margaret's has partnered with FLL and other community organizations to provide local children access to inspiring programming in science, technology, engineering and math. In addition to organizing an annual regional championship to bring teams together from across BC to compete, SMS hopes to help new teams get started by creating opportunities to share knowledge and collaborate with other teams.
When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Where: St. Margaret's School, 1080 Lucas Ave
Who: Robotics students ages 9-16 and their mentor
Lauren Hudson, SMS STEM Program Support Teacher
Phil Pierce, SMS Director of IT and Innovation