LEGO League’s have kicked off! Start or Join a team today!

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In case you missed it, here are the kick off video’s for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr.!

 

 

Are you or your child interested in joining a FIRST team? We have a number of organizations looking to fill their teams.

Engineering for Kids Calgary has FIRST LEGO League Jr. team(s) with openings. Email calgary(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)engineeringforkids.net for details.

Calgary Public Library has past season/non-competitive FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams

JunioTech has non-competitive and competitive FIRST LEGO League Teams

Mount Columbia Institute of Technology has openings on their FIRST Tech Challenge team

You can also email mentors(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com or click here to fill out an inquiry form. We’ll do our best to connect you with a FIRST team near you!

Mark Your Calendars! FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. Challenge Release August 1st!

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WHOSE READY FOR CITY SHAPER AND BOOMTOWN BUILD?!

Challenge and Resources will be available at Noon EST on August 1st.

Registration is now open for both leagues. Log in on your FIRST Inspires account to renew your team registration! Supplies will be sent out immediately after the Challenge Release. Then contact Spectrum Nasco to order your CITY SHAPER Challenge Set. FIRST LEGO League Jr. Inspire sets will be shipped once payment for registration is complete.

Are you in Western Canada and looking to start a team? Anyone can be a FIRST coach! Contact your local program director below for information on how to get started.

FIRST LEGO League Jr. (ages 6-10) Kim Werezak kim(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com

FIRST LEGO League (ages 9-14) Neva Maynard neva(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com

FIRST LEGO League Team Techie Po-Tater Bots were featured on CTV Calgary, showcasing their success competing in Calgary and at the Mountain State Invitational in West Virginia. Check out the clip here and on the live show here to hear about their INTO ORBIT experience last season! Then go over to their Facebook page and say hello!

If you are still looking for additional activities for your blossoming leaders in STEM, check out this great listing of summer programs offered by our sponsors and partner organizations

Invitation for All FIRST Students

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Have you ever wondered how to navigate FIRST with Sight Loss? What skills and knowledge does a team need to support a member with Sight Loss? How do you effectively communicate with a teammate without relying on visual cues?

FTC Team #16134 Futurenauts are excited to attend a workshop graciously facilitated by the CNIB, to learn the skills needed to support FIRST participants with Sight Loss. This workshop will give the Futurenauts knowledge and skills to work effectively with their own team member, who is Legally Blind, as well as the confidence to educate other teams, mentors, and the FIRST community on how to navigate FIRST with Sight Loss. Mentors and FIRSTcommunity members will leave the workshop with the skills & knowledge to support FIRST’s Core Value of Inclusion through immersing themselves in the hands-on grassroots training of a team putting this Core Value into action.

The Futurenauts would like to extend an invitation to attend this valuable session to any Mentors or other adult members of the FIRST community that would be interested in learning these skills alongside the team, mentors and parents. 

FIRST with Sight Loss Workshop

Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 1 – 3pm

CNIB – Calgary, TT room

10 11A Street NE 

Calgary AB T2E 4Z3

Please RSVP by June 6th to:  team(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)futurenauts.tech

Space is Limited

Thank you and we hope to see you at this informative workshop.

Futurenauts #16134

2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Canadian Rockies Regional

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We are only three weeks away from the start of our crown jewel event! Teams throughout Western Canada will take on this years Destination: DEEP SPACE Challenge along with teams from the United States, Mexico, China, Australia and Turkey!

We are thrilled to announce that this years competition field will be located in the brand new gymnasium of Nelson Mandela High School. We are incredibly grateful for NM staff & students and their on-going support of FIRST Robotics programs.

This event is free and open to the public but if you want to get involved, we are still scouting for volunteers. Please email volunteer(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com for more information, or simply sign up for the event through your FIRST Inspires account.

Come for the Robots, Stay for the Game!

FLL Edmonton Wrap-up

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I would like to begin by thanking the 500 students in over 50 teams, their teachers, parents and guardians along with over 300 hundred volunteers who attended and helped host our AMAZING First Lego League tournament, INTO ORBIT.  To see students from ages 9-14 tackle real-world problems and challenges such as space, and then work together to develop a solution made it such a wonderful event.  Of course, we can’t talk Lego robotics without mentioning the countless hours that teams put in designing, building, and programming complex robots that were able to complete a series of table-top challenges. 

As both a parent and teacher, I was left breathless when I saw the sheer passion that our young people applied toward what they have learned in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, and as a result made it something unique to them, their understanding and their resiliency.  I was able to witness first hand, students working in challenges that they had never seen before and create a strategy that allowed them to achieve great success.  Additionally, those students were able to further their presentation skills when sharing their designing, building and coding strategies with our local volunteers who brought their own gifts and talents to share.  I would like to thank our volunteer guest judges, who brought their expertise from engineering, information technology, programming and coding, education, metrology, accounting, and so much more.  

Finally, a HUGE thank you to our organizational committee whose endless support and dedication was something out of this world. You are a great group of people and I am blessed to be on this committee with you.  Without everyone’s support this event would not have been possible.

John Korassa
Edmonton Director for FIRST LEGO League

Check out the following link for pictures of the event and the awards ceremony:
imagesalberta.smugmug.com/Other/2019-First-Lego-League