February 10, 2014 

Elementary Students Go for the Gold in Lego Robotics Challenge 

 

It’s what we imagine would happen if the characters from Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise went to compete at the Sochi Olympics. 

While Optimus Prime is not expected to be on-hand, the upcoming DSBN Elementary Lego Robotics Challenge in St. Catharines will feature incredible student creations taking part in a number of different Olympic themed events. Dubbed the “Robo-lympics,” the four-day showcase will feature the talents of over six hundred elementary students from 41 different public schools in Niagara. The Robo-lympics will take place from February 18 – 21 at Club Roma in St. Catharines. 

Students in Grades 4 – 8 will be asked to design and create robots to go for the gold in five different sports. The challenges include: 

  • Ice Hockey (shooting pucks into nets) 
  • Curling (pushing rocks into circles) 
  • Biathlon (knocking down targets) 
  • Skiing (maneuvering through gates without knocking down flags)   
  • Speed Skating (timed race around an oval track) 

Each day will begin with opening ceremonies and a parade of nations to get students into the Olympic spirit. At the end of each day, there will be closing ceremonies accompanied by the traditional podium presentations of gold, silver and bronze.  

 

“This event is an excellent opportunity to showcase the creativity and ingenuity of our elementary students,” says Nancy Bridgeman, DSBN Consultant for Science and Environmental Education. “Just like at the official Olympics, our students will be striving for all the qualities the games embody, such as excellence, fun and fair play. 

 

In addition to the robotics competition, senior student members from Governor Simcoe's Simbotics team will be on hand each day for a display and demonstrations of their award winning robots.   

 

This year marks the fifth installment of the annual Elementary Lego Robotics Challenge.  

 

Event Details: 

Date: February 18-21 

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. each day 

Location: Club Roma, 125 Vansickle Road, St. Catharines