Op­por­tu­nity of a life­time

Lo­cal Lego team has op­por­tu­nity to go to in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment


This sum­mer, a lo­cal ro­bot­ics team from the Kentville area will be look­ing to make waves in West Vir­ginia af­ter ad­vanc­ing through two qual­i­fy­ing events and the Aca­dia Cham­pi­onship event ear­lier this year.

Rep­re­sent­ing Nova Sco­tia and Canada as well, the 21st Cen­tury Space Guys are a group of five pas­sion­ate stu­dents rang­ing from the ages of nine to 14 who show ma­jor in­ter­est in the world of Lego ro­bot­ics. They will be com­pet­ing at the Moun­tain State First Lego League In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment lo­cated in Fair­mont, West Vir­ginia, tak­ing place from July 6-10.

Their name is a take from the clas­sic Lego space guys, as the group shows a main in­ter­est in space ex­plo­ration and ad­ven­ture.

This is the team’s sec­ond sea­son in the First Lego League (FLL), but it’s the first time they will be com­pet­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally against teams from dif­fer­ent coun­tries. The team shows a high level of un­der­stand­ing for ro­bot­ics and a will­ing­ness to learn in a league where there is no end to what you can learn.

Four­teen-year-old Sam Chute, who is the old­est mem­ber of the club, shared what he be­lieves are the best skills to have when deal­ing with ro­bot­ics: “Pa­tience, (and) deal­ing with team mates ac­cord­ingly, know­ing there is a time for fun and a time for se­ri­ous­ness, and hav­ing the abil­ity to work as a team.”

The FLL is one of four STEM learn­ing pro­grams aimed at chil­dren ages nine to 14 and tests their abil­ity to face real world chal­lenges us­ing sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy. Teams must build and pro­gram an au­ton­o­mous ro­bot us­ing Lego Mind­storms tech­nol­ogy to solve set mis­sions. The game is com­peted on a large board with all mis­sions con­structed out of lego. Teams must also fig­ure out a so­lu­tion to a real world prob­lem and then ex­plain their so­lu­tion to judges with this year’s theme sur­round­ing an­i­mals around the world.

Of course, when plan­ning and go­ing on trips like these the cost can be very pricey. That’s why the team is look­ing for spon­sors and any­one who are will­ing to help sup­port them at­tend the event. A Gofundme page has been started where any­one can go on­line and do­nate to the club. The stu­dents are also plan­ning sev­eral other fundrais­ers but the club is open to hear­ing about other fundrais­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties as well. Other ideas for fundrais­ers have been for­mu­lated in­clud­ing a booth at Ap­ple Blos­som, but the club is open to more ideas.

When asked what go­ing to West Vir­ginia would mean to her team, coach Kim O’connor ex­plained, “The kids have worked pretty hard. There have been some bumps, but the ex­pe­ri­ence of see­ing other teams work as hard as well and see­ing teams from around the world do­ing these things, it’s go­ing to be a neat ex­pe­ri­ence for them to go, ‘oh wow, this is huge’.”

So far, the group’s Go Fund Me page has raised $2,004 of the $8,500 needed for the trip.


The 21st Cen­tury Space Guys will be look­ing to take their love for ro­bot­ics to West Vir­ginia af­ter ad­vanc­ing from Aca­dia ear­lier in Fe­bru­ary. From left are An­drew Shirritt, Lau­ren Evans, Ben Wel­ton, Timothy O’connor and Sam Chute.

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