First Lego League competition continues to grow in popularity

On December 13, 2014, young robot enthusiasts from schools across the Greater Toronto Area participated in an Under 14, Lego Robotics Competition at St. Robert Catholic High School in Thornhill. This competition was a qualifier for the First Lego League provincial competition that will take place in mid-January.

The Lego Robotics Competition challenges students to test their planning, building and teamwork skills as well as their social and environmental conscience. Students work as teams to program their robots to carry out a variety of skills and tasks, which they are then judged on.

This year, there were a total of 26 teams competing, up from 17 last year.

The York Catholic District School Board had five teams from four schools participate in the December 13th competition: St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS in Aurora, St. Paul CES in Newmarket, St. Julia Billiart CES in Markham, and Our Lady of Hope CES in Richmond Hill. There was so much interest in Lego robotics at St. Paul CES that it sent two teams, including an all-girls team.

A photo booth was set-up and run by Eric Fabroa, Teacher at St. Robert CHS. The Board thanks Paul Keenan, a retired teacher who acts as director of the competition for giving his time and skills and passion to the competition, along with Lawrence Cotton, Technology Consultant for his ongoing support and leadership. It also thanks the over 70 St. Robert CHS students who volunteered at the event.