FIRST LEGO League Teams Invent ‘Senior Solutions’ at Provincial Competitions

  FIRST LEGO League Teams Invent ‘Senior Solutions’ at Provincial Competitions

Business Wire

PICKERING, Ontario -- February 20, 2013

More than 80 FIRST LEGO League teams brought their robots, inventions and
innovations to the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championships held in Oshawa and
Waterloo. “Senior Solutions”, this year’s challenge, asked teams of nine to 14
year olds to develop innovative ways to help senior citizens maintain their
independence and quality of life.

Over 80 different innovations were proposed by teams to the judges at the two
separate events held at UOIT in Oshawa (January 12) and at the University of
Waterloo in Waterloo (January 13). Ideas included jewelry that could predict
respiratory failure by sensing blood oxygen levels, to a shopping cart that
would help seniors grab groceries off of the shelves at their local grocery
store. One team went as far as to produce a fully-functioning chair that
floated on a cushion of air with the intention of aiding mobility-restricted
seniors to more easily traverse terrain, like the beach, that is difficult for
traditional wheelchairs.

The second part of the FIRST competition included a robotics challenge.
Students designed, programmed and tested a LEGO Mindstorms robot that is
charged with completing, autonomously, as many themed tasks as possible in two
and a half minutes on a 4’X8’ competition table.

Finally teams were judged on “Core Values”, which includes how well teams
demonstrated and understood concepts such as teamwork, gracious
professionalism and sharing with the community.

“These teams continue to amaze me every year! The ingenuity and creativity of
these 9-14 year olds excites me because I know that our future is in good
hands,” said Dave Ellis, Director of FLL in Ontario.

“At SYNNEX, we are technologists at heart who believe in developing the next
generation of IT professionals. This is why we sponsor the FIRST and FIRST
LEGO League programs, as they are excellent ways for young students to develop
their passion for and to build skills in their future career paths,” said
Kevin Murai, President and Chief Executive Officer of SYNNEX Corporation, the
presenting sponsor of the FIRST LEGO League competition.

A full list of teams and their awards can be found on the FIRST Robotics
Canada website.

Corporate sponsors: SYNNEX Corporation, Ontario Power Generation, University
of Ontario Institute of Technology and Yves Landry Foundation played a key
role in making these provincial events such a success.

About FIRST LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League is designed for students ages 9-14 and introduces students
to real-world engineering challenges. Globally there are over 60 countries
participating in the program. For more information on FLL and FIRST programs
for other age groups visit www.firstroboticscanada.org.

About FIRST

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non
profit organization with the mission of inspiring young people to get excited
about science, technology, engineering and math.

SYNNEX, the SYNNEX Logo and all other SYNNEX company, product and services
names and slogans are trademarks or registered trademarks of SYNNEX
Corporation. SYNNEX and the SYNNEX Logo Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. Other names
and marks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact:

FIRST Robotics Canada
Dave Ellis, 1-647-225-3283
Provincial FLL Director
david.ellis@firstroboticscanada.org
 
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