The Rowntree Senior Robotics club provides students in Grades 5–8 an opportunity to work together as a team while learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Students apply basic scientific principles and programming skills to create solutions to real-world problems using LEGO® robots. Each year, teams are given a challenge in which their robot must autonomously complete a series of “missions”. Teams must also create a solution to a problem which they have identified around a given theme, and present their solution to a panel of judges. Over the past few months, our two senior robotics teams worked tirelessly to build and program their robots while researching and creating their own innovative solutions for this year’s “Trash Trek” theme.
On Saturday, December 5th two of our Rowntree Senior Robotics teams attended the 2015 FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Regional Qualifier tournament at Tomken Road Middle School, along with their teacher-robotics coaches and parent coaches. It was a day full of excitement, enthusiasm, fun, and celebration! Throughout the day, teams demonstrated their various robot programs and presented their projects to panels of judges all while demonstrating the FLL Core Values of teamwork, cooperation, and gracious professionalism. The tournament provided a way for all teams to come together to motivate and inspire each other through their passion for STEM.
This year’s competition was a great success for both our teams. We are delighted to announce that one of our teams placed 2nd overall and was awarded the Champions Award, which celebrates the team’s achievements in the robot missions as well as their demonstration of the Core Values! In addition to winning this prestigious award, the team has also been invited to compete in the FLL Provincial Championship Tournament taking place at the University of Waterloo in January of 2016!
Thanks to the students, coaches, and all of the family members who came out to support our competitors; and way to go, Rowntree! Your hard work and dedication certainly paid off!