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Kincardine hosts successful inaugural FIRST Lego League qualifying regional
By Liz Dadson

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The Robot Rocketeers of Collingwood win the Robot Performance award and the Champion's award at the FIRST Lego League (FLL) qualifying regional held Saturday at Kincardine District Secondary School; the team will now advance to the provincial regionals
photo by David Dadson



Referee Bradley Reid (R) of Kincardine, discusses the scores with FLL team Robot Rush, following a practice match



Team Lego Tsunami watches its robot compete at the qualifying regional, Saturday, at KDSS
photo by David Dadson



The Lightning Eagles of Huron Heights and Elgin Market Public Schools, Kincardine, work together to build a tower that will support a work boot, during the Core Values portion of the regional; from left, are Camden Ellis, Dylan Stewart, Sarah Ross, Keith Kanak-Greig, Rachel Thurman, Juliana Rutledge and Liam Hunter



The Core Values judges Paul Watterworth (L), Mickey Collins and David Dadson, evaluate the skills of the Lightning Eagles



The Lightning Eagles cheer as they get the boot to balance on their tower



The Robot Rocketeers compete at the Core Values portion of the regional
photo by David Dadson



Robot Rush of Kincardine practises presenting its project; from left, are Imaan Afzaal, Khushala Shah, Sheetal Gill, Matthew Bushell and Marlee Kirk



The Black Lightning team wins the Robot Design award
photo by David Dadson



Lego Tsunami wins the Rising Star award
photo by David Dadson



The Lightning Eagles win the Project award
photo by David Dadson



Robot Rush wins the Core Values award
photo by David Dadson



The Junior FLL Lego Designers win the First Class award
photo by David Dadson



Teacher Tiffany Rutledge (L) with Junior FLL team members and their project
photo by Mathew Strader



The Junior FLL teams at Ecole Elgin Market Public School, Kincardine, thank their sponsors and their teacher-mentors; in the back, are teacher Tiffany Rutledge (L), sponsor Shawna Ford of InStyle Salon, Matt Cottrill of Cottrill Heavy Equipment, and teacher Lisa Kaminski; the third sponsor was MacDonald Ladies Wear of Walkerton; the sponsors put $1,500 toward the cost of the Lego for the six teams' projects

Kincardine's inaugural FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League qualifying regional, held Saturday at Kincardine District Secondary School, was a great success.

Seven FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams, including one from Collingwood and six from Kincardine, and six Junior FLL teams, all from Kincardine, competed at the event.

Peggy Scott of FIRST Canada welcomed everyone to the regional during the opening ceremonies.

This year's FLL challenge was "Nature's Fury." 

Each team had to design a project that required identifying a community that could experience a natural disaster; identify a problem that happens when a natural disaster occurs; create an innovative solution that helps people prepare, stay safe or rebuild; and share the problem and solution with others.

Each team also had to design a robot that earns points by successfully completing several missions on the competition field, such as maneuvering a supply truck to a particular spot, and crossing completely over the west line of the noted region.

And each team had to perform a Lego challenge that embraced the Core Values which are:

  • We are a team
  • We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors
  • We know our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers; we learn together
  • We honour the spirit of friendly competition
  • What we discover is more important than what we win
  • We share our experiences with others
  • We display gracious professionalism® and coopertition® in everything we do
  • We have fun

In the Junior FLL, the award winners were:

Picasso award for artistic prowess - Lego Bots

Inquiring Minds award for interest in science and the enjoyment of the building process - Lego Monsters

Solid as a Rock award - built to last - Robotic Rockets

Core Values award - enthusiasm, spirit, excitement and accomplishment - Team Lego

Team Spirit award for hard work on teamwork, success as a team came first - Team Speed

First Class award - Lego Designers

In the FLL division, the award winners were:

Robot Performance award for scoring the most points in the challenge and Champion's award for a team that embodies the FLL experience - Robot Rocketeers of Collingwood

Robot Design award for a team with good mechanical design programming and sound innovation and strategy - Black Lightning

Project award for quality research, innovative solutions, and in-depth understanding of the various scientific disciplines and issues involved with the project - Lightning Eagles

Core Values award for best demonstrating extraordinary enthusiasm, spirit, inspiration, exceptional partnership and the utmost respect to teammates and support and encouragement for other teams - Robot Rush

Rookie award - Magma Crew

Rising Star award - Lego Tsunamis

Judges' award - Brobots

In addition, a Volunteer award went to Nikhil Deshpande who organized the regional.

Kincardine regional organizer Nikhil Deshpande receives a volunteer award
photo by David Dadson

The Junior FLL Lego Bots win the Picasso award
photo by David Dadson

The Junior FLL Lego Monsters win the Inquiring Minds award
photo by David Dadson


Conner Dixon (L) and Tyler Dahmer of the Black Lightning put their robot through its paces in a practice round



The Robot Rocketeers of Collingwood compete in a practice game



The Brobots win the Judges award
photo by David Dadson



The Magma Crew wins the Rookie award
photo by David Dadson



Junior FLL Team Speed wins the Team Spirit award
photo by David Dadson



Junior FLL Robotic Rockets win the Solid as a Rock award
photo by David Dadson

The Junior FLL Team Lego wins the Core Values award
photo by David Dadson



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