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,
*Teamwork, first place - Ripley Robotic Ravens, Ripley-Huron Community
*Robot design, second place - Transformers, Huron Heights Public School,
*Robot performance, second place - Petis Petis Bonhomme, Mere Elizabeth
*Project award, second place, The Predators, Pretty River Academy,
*Teamwork award, second place - Purple Funky Monkeys, St Anthony's
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