Inaugural LEGO® robotics tournament coming to N.B.

Joshua Fischlin | Telegraph Journal
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
 
ROTHESAY• New Brunswick will have its inaugural FIRST ® LEGO® League robotics tournament on Nov. 29 at Rothesay Netherwood School.
 
The event will see 20 teams of youth between Grade 4 and 8 from across the province descend upon the school for the competition, which will act as a qualifier for the annual regional championships at Acadia University in Nova Scotia on Feb. 15.
 
Fromthere,they can advance to the world championships in Detroit, said Tammy Earle, Director of Technology and Learning Initiatives at Rothesay Netherwood School.
 
The N.B. event is being put on by the school, FIRST ® LEGO® League, Acadia Robotics, and
Brilliant Labs.
 
Itbeen a real team effort to bring it to New Brunswick, and we’re really excited just to see the kids in action," Earle said.
 
In the past, students in the province have had to travel to Nova Scotia to compete in
robotics competitions.
 
“So, we decided that we wanted to bring LEGO® Robotics to New Brunswick.” They would like to make it an annual event, Earle said.

She said it's not just about robots. Along with the games that will take place in the afternoon, there will be presentations given about certain core values. One of the projects will be to identify a problem in the public space in the community and design a solution, she said.
 
“The problem solving, the teamwork, resilience and the ability to accept failure are such important skills that our students need to know alongside of things they learn in textbooks.”
 
Many of the students and teachers who will engage in the tournament will be new to the robotics field, Earle said.
 
“The energy, and the enthusiasm, the excitement the kids have is wonderful ... (It) is just such a great movement forward in our education system.”
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