On November 20th, close to 40 children came together to showcase the hard work that they’ve done on the Body Forward FLL challenge this fall. They brought with them their coaches, teachers, families and friends to join in on the fun.
We had hoped that our tournament would be a qualifying regional tournament, but unfortunately there weren’t enough teams signed up by the deadline, so we changed it into a practice tournament. A few other teams and community groups decided to join in with the Lego fun. To add to the fun of the day, we were glad to have Karthik as our M.C. for the tournament. He helped get people enthusiastic, and informed about the FLL game Body Forward.
In the morning the Discobots, Legendary Lego Legion, Vanier Vipers and the W.A.F.F.L.E.S, were judged on their research projects, core values and technical aspects of their robots. While this was happening upstairs, the gym was bustling as several ad-hoc teams were being formed to round out the tournament numbers.
“It was awesome being a judge. It was fascinating to see the diversity of approaches to the problem of building a robot capable of performing so many different missions” -Tom, technical judge
Helped by mentors from Queen’s University, and K-Botics, these inexperienced teams learned how to build and program a robot to accomplish several missions. One of these rookie teams, the Pancakes–formed by several Queen’s Engineering students, had several humbling moments as they realized that even Queen’s students need a lot of help figuring out how to build and program a Lego Robot.
“I had a lot of fun and am very glad that I was able to have the opportunity to help inspire younger students and allow them to improve their skills in engineering.” – Taylor B. grade 10
During the day we had demonstrations of our robot from the Breakaway challenge last year. It’s always neat to watch people’s faces when we open up the electrical box.
“I had so much fun being in the blue bear suit, working on last year’s robot and selling food at the canteen.”- Taylor C. grade 9
We were also glad that the local VEX team brought their robot too. They have worked really hard this summer, and will be competing this coming weekend. Good luck from the entire K-Botics team!
Along with the FLL tournament we had a display by the Mini W.A.F.F.L.E.S., Jr. FLL team. It was all about how legs are important. Good job Mini W.A.F.F.L.E.S.!!
We were excited at how much media coverage we got for our tournament. At one point we had both TV and newspaper reporters in our gym.
Throughout the day, we focused on creating an enthusiastic, fun, welcoming and spirited environment. A big part of this spirit involved the presence of our KCVI mascot, the blue bear.
Anika made friends with the blue bear at the FLL practice tournament that we hosted last year, and it appears that they are still good friends now!
“Being new to K-Botics and so quickly getting involved in a big group event was a great experience for me because you get to learn about your team members and work together. I enjoyed wearing the bear suit, although it was hot it was also very enjoyable. I loved having Anika hug me. It was fun because people didn’t know it was me and I could be crazy and do things I wouldn’t normally do. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat!” -Paige, grade 9
They danced together when the music played….and they weren’t the only ones dancing!
Our dance lessons helped us get EVERYONE involved…even Vanier’s Viper!
The field table competition happened in the afternoon. Round robin play was followed by the playoff rounds. Each team should be proud of what they accomplished.
“I thought the tournament was a great success, the children looked like they were having a lot of fun”-Isis, grade 10.
When we step back and reflect on the day, we are proud of what was accomplished by our team, and by the FLL and Jr. FLL teams. We wish them all well on their upcoming regional qualifying tournaments, and hope that our day helped provide important feedback and useful practice on the field tables.
Congratulations to all of the teams! We look forward to seeing you all again next year.
“The tournament was a very positive experience for our students … everyone was very friendly and positive and they received great feedback from the judges.”-Kevin, coach for the Legendary Lego Legion