A robotic level of learning

St. Mary School’s robotic team works on a robot at the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division’s First Lego League wrap-up competition. Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

St. Margaret School hosts Holy Trinity First Lego League wrap-up competition

St. Margaret School Grade 4 student Tucker Schwartz’ face lit up when talking about programming robots.

“I love it,” he said. “Last year when I saw it I just loved it so much that I decided to try and join this year. What I really like best about it is how we can program the robots to do so many awesome things. We can get it to take some stuff back to the base. We can also put stuff into other parts of the board. That’s just what I love about it.”

This is his first year being involved in the First Lego League in the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division (HTCSD). St. Margaret recently hosted an HTCSD wrap-up robotics competition for the league comprised of students from Grade 4 to 8. Schwartz’ fellow teammates Annique Boyer and Eden Benson said they really loved the technology aspect of programming robots.

St. Margaret School’s Techbots team members participate in the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division’s First Lego League wrap-up competition at St. Margaret. Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

“It’s technology and Lego mixed together, so I like it,” said Benson. “My sister was in it and I thought it looked fun because it was robot building. It was doing stuff that she wanted it too, so I thought it was cool.”

The First Lego League is actually an international competition for kids with 22,000 teams worldwide. St. Margaret School is in their third year doing it, while other HTCSD schools are in their second year. A first-year team from Regina also participated in the competition.

“The students program the robot to complete various challenges on the board and they had to do a learning project about how people and animals can interact better,” said St. Margaret School Grade 4 teacher Clayton Boyer, who is the coach of the school’s team.

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