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Port Elgin team competes at provincial FIRST LEGO League championships

By: Shahina Kurien
February 10, 2018

The H2OP, Port Elgin’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) team, competed at the provincial finals held at the University of Waterloo, Jan. 28.

The team fared well in the three judging sessions: core values, research project and robot design presentations, and its robot, Marco Robo Junior, placed 13th out of 40 teams in the robot performance round.

H2OP had won the Kincardine regional championship in November, making it eligible to advance to the provincial finals. 

Port Elgin’s FLL club consists of students from Grades 5-7 of Northport, St. Joseph’s, and Saugeen Central, and is led by a group of parent volunteers and community members. Each year in August, FLL introduces a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus on and conduct research about.

The robotics part of the competition involves designing and programming LEGO Mindstorms robots to complete tasks. This season, students spent about three hours per week researching “Hydrodynamics,” and programming a robot to achieve various missions, while embracing core values, at the location generously offered by Living Hope Church.

During the season, the team came up with an innovative idea of a water wagon with built-in filter, to be used is countries where a clean source of drinking water is a challenge.

The team appreciates the generous contributions and support from its sponsors: Living Hope Church, Jensen Hughes Engineering Consulting Company, the Society of Energy Professionals - IFPTE Local 160, and the Professional  Engineers of Ontario – Georgian Bay Chapter.

The Port Elgin FLL team, H2OP, includes, in back, coaches Rick Przybysz (left) and Shahina Kurien, Tori Verburg, coach Pauline Avery, Shaan Banday; and in front, Halina Przybysz (left), Serena Kurien, James Avery, Aditya Pandya, and Zain Banday; absent, is mentor Calvin Ismail; photo courtesy of Shahina Kurien


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