Robotics team makes a big splash in regional competition

Schools & Students

Norma Rose Point School’s robotics team, Forces of Atlantis, recently brought home a Champions Award – top prize at the regional First Lego League tournament held in Surrey. At the follow-up provincial tournament in Victoria, the team received the Core Values Trophy for gracious professionalism.

First Lego League challenges students aged nine to 14 to research real world, scientific problems. The aim is to inspire these young people to be science and technology innovators, while fostering self-confidence, communication, and leadership skills. The kids work in teams to puzzle out solutions to various dilemmas. They meet for regional tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and demonstrate robots they have built. The robotics component of the competition involves designing and programming robots to complete specific tasks, or missions. 

“Club meets for nine or 10 hours a week,” says parent Ana Golland, a club mentor. “This year’s theme is the human water cycle and hydrodynamics. All the missions they have to complete with their robots represent an issue in the water cycle. They identify a problem – it does not have to be here in BC, it could be anywhere in the world – find what solutions are available and assess them.” 

“You get to choose what mission runs you’re going to do,” says Elijah, a Grade 8 team member. “Then you build your robot to do it.” 

Their robot is only one element of the team’s entry; there is also a research project and an evaluation of core values. As part of their submission, Forces of Atlantis put together a tongue-in-cheek rap on water conservation and sustainability. 

Judges at both tournaments commented on this team’s hard work and commitment to one another. Forces of Atlantis proved they are experts at upholding the league motto “Coopertition” – displaying unqualified kindness during a fierce contest, cooperation and competition.

Next up, Forces of Atlantis are raising money to take the team to the FLL International Open in Estonia. 

Norma Rose Point First Lego League Robotics