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Thirteen schools square off in Lego League competition

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Declan Mowle (L), Neel Patel and Dhvanil Joshi of the Huron Heights Transformers keep an eye on their robot, while Matt Pagnan of the KDSS Robotic Knights keeps score

The competition was intense and the music was even more intense, as 13 elementary schools converged on Kincardine District Secondary School Saturday (Nov. 28) for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League regional competition.

Five teams were from Kincardine, one from Ripley, one from Meaford, one from Waterloo, two from Cambridge and three from Kitchener. The KDSS Robotic Knights were running the event and, along with several adults, acting as mentors for the teams.

Each team had to design and program its robot to do several challenges and then perform against another team's robot, on a specially-designed table, for the championship.

The "Force 9" team from St. Matthew School in Waterloo won the championship award, while the "Block Heads" from Suddaby Public School in Kitchener won first place for robot design. These two teams qualified to go on to the provincials at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Toronto on Jan. 16, 2010.

Other team awards were also presented:
*Robot performance, first place - Force 9, St. Matthew School, Waterloo
*Project award, first place - Donkey Kong, Suddaby Public School, Kitchener
*Teamwork, first place - Ripley Robotic Ravens, Ripley-Huron Community School, Ripley
*Robot design, second place - Transformers, Huron Heights Public School, Kincardine
*Robot performance, second place - Petis Petis Bonhomme, Mere Elizabeth Bruyere, Waterloo
*Project award, second place, The Predators, Pretty River Academy, Meaford
*Teamwork award, second place - Purple Funky Monkeys, St Anthony's School, Kincardine

Individual recognition went to: Leah Allen, University of Waterloo, and Matt Pagnan, KDSS, young mentor award; Carol Blake, Kincardine Township-Tiverton Public School, adult mentor award; and Janelle Taylor, KDSS, volunteer of the year award.

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 Sean Castillo (L) and Brett Colhoun of the St. Anthony's Purple Funky Monkeys, watch their robot perform
 


Teacher Barb Grubb (L) and Benjamin Lange and Drew Thompson of the Ripley Robotic Ravens work out their team's strategy
 


Adam Ballagh (L) and Callum Larson of the KTTSpeedBoys make some minor adjustments on their robot

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