Kincardine hosts second annual FIRST Lego League
qualifying regional


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The competitors and their coaches gather for a photo after the Kincardine FIRST Lego League (FLL) Qualifying Tournament, held Saturday, Nov. 29, at Kincardine District Secondary School
photos by David Dadson

The Mudslingers of Kincardine look on as their robot competes

Referee Gregory Dadson (L) of the Kinetic Knights robotics team of Kincardine, checks his paperwork as MC Mitch Walker, also of the Kinetic Knights prepares to call the play-by-play on the next match

Triple Play of Collingwood receives the Robot Performance award and the Champion's award

Code Yellow of Kincardine is presented with the Robot Design award

Armed Forces of Collingwood receives the Project award

The Mudslingers of Kincardine are awarded the Core Values award

Kincardine's second annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League (FLL) qualifying regional was another great success, drawing six teams to compete at Kincardine District Secondary School, Saturday, Nov. 29.

Four teams were from Kincardine, while two were from Collingwood.

This year's theme was entitled "World Class," where teams explored the future of learning by redesigning how they gather knowledge and skills in the 21st Century. Teams were to teach adults about the ways that youth need, and want, to learn.

Besides doing the research and building a robot for the challenge, 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
Awards were presented at the end of the competition:

Robot Performance award for scoring the most points in the challenge - Triple Play of Collingwood

Robot Design award for a team with good mechanical design programming and sound innovation and strategy - Code Yellow of Kincardine

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

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 - Mudslingers of Kincardine

Champion's Award for a team that embodies the FLL experience by fully embracing the core values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the robot game and the project - Triple Play of Collingwood

Rising Star award - Robo Hawks of Kincardine

In addition, Volunteer awards went to Mat Strader who organized the regional; and to adult mentor Gwen Cavasotto who has been the heart of FLL for years

Gwen Cavasotto (L) receives the adult volunteer award from Brent Williams of Code Yellow

Zane Frantzen (L) and Josh Palmer of Triple Play watch their robot perform a mission while head referee Greg Reid observes

Robo Hawk of Kincardine receives the Rising Star award

Mat Strader (L) receives the youth volunteer award from Gwen Cavasotto

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