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The WN Robotics Team is learning all about robotics and coding with Legos. The team is set to take part in the “Lego League Challenge” in North Bay on November 25th.
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For most kids, Legos are just a fun toy, but for the youth robotics team that meets twice weekly in Sturgeon Falls, the building blocks and components are a fun way to learn and create cool stuff.
During their meet this past Tuesday, the kids crowd around instructor Kevin Baker as he programs a robot that his senior robotics class at Northern Secondary built for their final exam last year. He activates the robot and drives it around, like a giant RC car. It’s just a preview of one of the many things the WN Robotics Team gets to do on Tuesdays and Thursdays in a classroom at Northern. The kids, aged 9 to 14, come from various primary schools from 3:30 to 5:30, and they are excited to take part in this year’s big project: the “First Lego League Challenge”.
“The Lego League Challenge is a competition held by First Robotics Canada in partnership with Lego,” explains team mentor Baker. “We have a practice table here, with all sorts of missions that the team has to do. This is going to be our competition table when we compete against other teams in the area in North Bay, on Nov. 25th. We created the whole thing ourselves, including the stations.”
The huge table is filled with mini Lego stations built by the robotics team. At each station, their robot has to complete a task, like get water flowing, pipe replacement, pipe construction, and even putting out mini-Lego fires!
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