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What an incredible season for robot enthusiasts around northern Alberta! On January 16, 400+ students gathered together to show off four months worth of preparations in Edmonton’s culminating themed FLL tournament: Trash Trek. While exploring the timely and relevant concepts of zero-waste consumption and recycling, students further expanded their creative problem solving in robot design and programming. They then came head-to-head in the tabletop competition to demonstrate what autonomous mobile robots can accomplish with a bit (or make that a lot) of ingenuity.

The full day, action-packed event – featuring interactive exhibits, presentations by Jr. FLL and FTC, and surprise visits from some Star Wars characters – was an energized mosaic of teamwork, professionalism, and FUN! From the opening ceremonies to awards, students, coaches, volunteers, and spectators had countless opportunity to witness what the FLL core values are all about. This year, Joseph Moreau’s Super Panthieres took home top prize, including an invitation to compete internationally at none other than the LEGOLAND North American Open Championship in Carlsbad California.

Behind the scenes of such a dynamic event are countless hours of collaboration by our dedicated and talented tournament committee – they are the primary reason Edmonton’s tournament thrives year after year. I would also like to acknowledge NAIT, Mark’s Work Wearhouse, St. John’s ambulance, and Stardust for their contributions to the event; Telus World of Science, NALUG, FTC, 501st Legion, Councillor Bev Esslinger, NAIT’s Kevin Shufflebotham, and Edmonton Waste Management Centre’s Neil Burchard for their participation; and finally, our crew of amazing volunteers who help the tournament run smoothly.

Should you be interested in learning more about FIRST Lego League and its impact on education, or if you would like to support our valuable mission, please contact me directly at ania.ossowska@epsb.ca.

Looking forward to seeing you all at “Animal Allies” on January 21, 2017!

Yours FIRST,

Ania Ossowska
Edmonton Tournament Director