The Middle School Robotics team, also known as The Autonomous Andreans, competed in their first ever First Lego League Tournament at the York Regional qualifier this weekend at St. Maximilian Kolbe High School in Aurora.
The tournament was comprised of four judging components including a research project, robot design, core values, and robot mission board.
The day started with a presentation of their research project – an innovative solution to eliminate turtle bycatch, which is when turtles are unwantedly caught during commercial fishing. The boys developed a prototype using 3D printing whereby a pump would take the water out of a sealed cage to allow turtles to breathe so they do not drown in the case of bycatch.
A presentation on the design followed with the boys highlighting all of the features of their robot and the attachments to perform the missions. The Core Value judging evaluated the team’s dynamic during a five-minute challenge to build a container out of straws that would catch a golf ball when dropped from shoulder height.
Lastly, robot drivers, Jeronimo Cuevas and Richard Wu, completed three official rounds on the robot mission board to accumulate as many points as possible.
At the end of the day, The Autonomous Andreans were awarded first place in Robot Design and second place overall. Mr. Holmes also received the Coaching Award. This incredible achievement qualified the team for the provincial tournament January 14 at UOIT.