Robotics event coming to Oshawa PDF Print E-mail

The best young robotic-inspired minds in Ontario are coming to Oshawa January 15 as the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) plays host to the annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) provincial championships. FIRST is an acronym that means For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

Nearly 500 students (aged nine to 14), over 1,000 parents, siblings and coaches, and 200 volunteers, judges, and referees will be on hand for the FLL competition, which encourages students to apply math and science concepts to research, design, build and program autonomous robots using Lego Mindstorms software.

Despite the young age of the participants, the competition is designed to have teams delve into real-world scientific issues, with this year's challenge focused on Biomedical Engineering. Competitors will discover and explore innovative ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body's potential, with the intended purpose of helping everyone lead happier and healthier lives. Robotic missions include such challenges as blood screening, bone repair, auto-dispensing medication and the destruction of bad cells.

Teams earned their spots at the championship after taking part in practice tournaments and then one of 12 regional qualifying events from across the province. Once at UOIT, they will compete in three categories:

  • Robot design - how well a team demonstrates its understanding of robot design through building, programming and performance;
  • Core values - how well a team demonstrates the integration of FLL core values in all aspects of the FLL experience; and
  • Project - how well a team demonstrates its solution for a real-world problem, and the research behind its solution.