St. Clair Catholic students took home honours in several categories at the First Lego League Robotics Competition in Sarnia earlier this month. As part of the competition, students program, design and make robots, which are required to complete a series of challenges.
Students also present their innovative solutions in a research project. They are also given a core values challenge, in which they demonstrate the skills they have developed, both individually and as a team throughout the year.
“The First Lego League Program is designed to encourage young people to pursue careers in the sciences – computer, mechanical, physical and engineering,” says Cortnee Goure, one of the team leaders. “The Lego League competitions are also important as they help students build knowledge and innovative and interpersonal skills, which are important in both academic and social settings. It’s all about team work!”
First Lego League challenges are held in more than 80 countries around the world.
Several St. Clair Catholic teams received awards of merit. The Our Lady of Fatima team was named Ontario West Championship Qualifiers; Aaron VandenEnden, an Ursuline College student, who was mentoring the St. Ursula team, was named Outstanding Youth Mentor; the Gadget Girls Team from Holy Family was Rookie of the Year; and the girls’ team from St. Joseph in Chatham received the Ontario Innovation Celebration Nomination.
The Our Lady of Fatima team now advances to the next competition in Waterloo in January.
In the photo above, the Holy Family Gadget Girls team, which was named Rookie of the Year, poses with staff leaders Cortnee Goure (left) and Janice Prangley (far right).