Historic Canadian Win for Bayview Glen Robotics Team on the World Stage
Published05/17/2017 by Bayview Glen
For only the second time in history, a Canadian FLL Robotics team has captured the Champion’s Award at the FIRST® Championship. Ctrl-Z, a team comprised of seven Lower, Prep and Upper School students from Bayview Glen, was crowned champion at the FLL World Festival in dramatic fashion last week in St. Louis, Missouri. (FLL is ages 9 to 14 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico; ages 9 to 16 in the rest of world)
The team made three presentations in the compulsory categories of robot, research project and core values. In the robot presentation, teams outline the design process and the key elements of the robot they designed, constructed and programmed. The research project is the opportunity to present an innovative solution based on the year’s FLL theme, ANIMAL ALLIES - improving our interactions with animals. The core values evaluation is meant to showcase teams’ accomplishments in the areas of inspiration, teamwork and gracious professionalism (doing things to encourage high-quality work, emphasize the value of others and respect individuals and the community). Ctrl-Z’s robot design presentation was exemplary and the team’s robot delivered a strong performance on the competition table. For the research project, Ctrl-Z designed and built a Bluetooth-enabled pet smart collar that helps reunite lost pets with their families. The product, called the Pinder Pet Finder, received a great deal of attention leading up to the FIRST® Championship.
After the initial three presentations were complete, it was announced that Ctrl-Z and nine other teams from around the world made the shortlist for the Champions Award. The 10 contenders were then interviewed by a panel of eight judges to determine the three FLL Finalists which were revealed in the ballroom at the America’s Center Convention Complex. The three Finalists, Flufflepuff (Granger, IN), St. Peters Brickbusters (East Troy, WI) and Ctrl-Z then proceeded to the adjacent Edward Jones Dome to await the announcement of first place – FLL Champion’s Award. In front of an audience of tens of thousands on Saturday night, April 30, it was announced that Bayview Glen’s Ctrl-Z had captured the top prize. Congratulations to the Finalist teams and all who competed at the FLL World Festival for a terrific ANIMAL ALLIES season!