There was a lot of excitement at St. Clair College as the First Lego League held their Windsor regional competition on December 3 and 4th. 45 schools competed from Windsor-Essex County. Among the participants were 12 schools from the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board.
These include: Cardinal Carter Middle School, H.J. Lassaline, Holy Cross, Holy Name, L.A Desmarais, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Sacred Heart, St. Anthony, St. Pius X, St. John de Brebeuf, St. Joseph and St. William.
This year the theme was Animal Allies. Students were invited to roar, bark, quack or squeak as this year the competition was all about furry, feathered and finned friends. Each team demonstrated their coding, creative and collaboration skills. Each team was judged on their robot design, FLL core values and their solution to an issue related to human/ animal interactions.
The WECDSB is excited to share that the following 4 teams will be advancing to the provincial championship which will be held in Waterloo on February 4 2017:
Highlights from our four teams that will be heading to regionals:
Cardinal Carter Middle School
Robo Chicks Cardinal/Leamington Livewires
(Teacher:/Coaches: David Kostanjevec, Ida Ricci-Minaudo, Rima Mastronardi)
As a new school, this robotics experience was cited by our team members as a unifying opportunity to meet new friends. Both teams put countless hours before school, after school and weekends getting ready for the big competition. The boys team won the 1st place champions award.
The girls team placed 3rd in addition to winning a presentation award. Both teams now advance to the provincial championship at the University of Waterloo. We’re very proud of these kids and the hard work they continue to put in.
H. J. Lassaline Lightning
(Teacher Coach: Carrie Gagnier/2nd Coach: Jeff Gagnier)
Lassaline competed for the first time this year, so we were a rookie team and did not know what to expect. The students spent every lunch recess and after school to learn and perfect their performance.
Our team was the first team in Ontario to complete the Animal Conservation Mission. We placed 2nd overall and are off to Waterloo to compete on February 4th. Our team's motto, "We're all in this together".
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Master Builders
(Teacher Coach: Brian Angus)
We competed Saturday and enjoyed the day. Our team had many failures and successes throughout the day, but ultimately ended up doing very well.
The student's project was selected as the Most Innovative Solution. We also qualified for the Provincial West qualifier in Waterloo for Feb. 4th. 2017.
Our highlight has to be the surprise 80 points our robot earned during the competition. (Special thanks to Lassaline here) This truly put us over the top.