New Summer Camp for FIRST LEGO League – July 8-12, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm at KPU Wilson School of Design
FIRST Championships in Houston
We’re proud of our FIRST LEGO League team Forces of the Galaxy for being invited to the FIRST World Championships in Houston, Texas, after winning 2nd place at the BC Provincial Tournament in February!
The Forces are blogging about their journey at https://forces33968.weebly.com and will be videoing their adventures next week at the FIRST Championships in Houston, April 17-20, 2019. They’re expecting 352 of the best teams from 16+ countries around the world. Wish them luck! You can help donate to their cause by going to their GoFundMe page.
NEW FIRST LEGO League Camp July 8-12 at Wilson School of Design
In order to support the Forces team’s fundraising efforts, we’re working with FIRST Robotics BC to put on a FIRST LEGO League Summer Camp at the Wilson School of Design, Richmond BC. All proceeds will go to helping fund the Forces FLL Team. We’re excited to be in a brand new state-of-the-art venue. We’re working with FIRST Robotics BC and BC’s FIRST Senior Mentor to ensure that students have an authentic FIRST robotics competition experience, complete with an emphasis on Core Values and Gracious Professionalism. Participants will form teams, build robots and participate in an FLL Robot Challenge. At the end of the week we will have a robot competition and close with an award ceremony. To register and find out more information, click here:
FIRST LEGO League Summer Camp at Wilson School of Design
We’d like to thank you for your loyalty and support of our programs by offering you a special, exclusive 10% discount on our summer camps until March 31st.
Use this Promo Code when registering for our Summer Camps:
Instructions: Begin the registration process for either one of our August summer camps, fill in your parent and child information, then click “Proceed to Payment Options”. At the bottom of the payment details, enter the above Promo Code into the box that says “Submit Promotion Code”. Your 10% discount will be applied to your registration fees.
Did you know?
Encouraging your child to get hands-on experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Activities can help them in their future careers. According to Canada2067 – Jobs of the Future, STEM Careers are increasingly in high demand, are well compensated, and will benefit from narrowing the gender gap (getting more girls interested in STEM).
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We value your feedback and would love to know what you’d love to see more of in our Robotics programs or if you’d like to have new offerings, new locations or programs. Thank you for your loyalty and commitment to investing in hands-on STEM skills for your kids!
January-March After School Programs
Registration for January After School Programs is now open. Please register at the links below for your school:
- Cousteau French International – North Van – Winter 2019
- Lord Kitchener Elementary – Winter 2019
- Norma Rose Point – Winter 2019
- Trafalgar Elementary – Winter 2019
- University Hill Elementary – Winter 2019
- Vancouver Talmud Torah – Winter 2019
March Spring Break Camps
We have a special Early Bird Discount on Spring Break camps until December 31st! Register here:
Summer Camps for July and August coming on January 1st! Until then, Happy Holidays from Daedalos! And wish our team Forces of the Galaxy luck at the FIRST LEGO League Provincial Championships!
FYI this is about the 9-14 year olds competition. For the junior competition (6-10) please see this local info and the official FIRST website info and consider joining the Season Launch event – questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A bit about FIRST LEGO League
If you haven’t heard of it, FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an amazing robotics competition using LEGO Mindstorms where every year more than 250,00 students all around the world ages 9-16 engage in hands on STEM learning, teamwork and friendly competition (or coopertition as FIRST likes to say). Watch the What is FIRST LEGO League video for a general intro.
FLL is a transformative experience for many participants and the transferable skills they gain help them go on to do incredible things and explore STEM related careers. We believe FIRST LEGO League is unique among other robotics competitions for the same age group (like VEX IQ) because it emphasizes Core Values of teamwork and involves a research project to solve real world problems.
But big disclaimer, it’s a LOT OF HARD WORK!! Our own team Forces of Atlantis from Norma Rose Point, Vancouver, won the regional championship, did the provincials and got invited to represent Canada at the European Open and had an incredible time, BUT it took a significant time commitment for all team members, a ton of parent volunteer hours, and lots of fundraising bake sales (granted we had to go half way around the world to get there). All that said, it DEFINITELY paid off in the end as an amazing, once in a lifetime learning experience! You can read the team’s journey at their blog and watched the competition videos here!
FIRST LEGO League “Into Orbit” Season – How to Participate
The 2018-2019 season has begun and the theme for this year, “Into Orbit” is all about space exploration! Here are some steps to participate are:
- BUILD A TEAM: Find at least 2 and maximum 10 friends ages 6-14 who want to start an FLL team, and two mentors/coaches (can be parents, teachers or volunteers with STEM experience) who are committed to meeting with the team at least once a week (ideally more than once, definitely towards the competition dates)
- REGISTER YOUR TEAM: Coaches register the team at http://firstinspires.org and pay FIRST’s $315 USD registration fee (can be split among families, includes the competition mat and field set with all the LEGO pieces). Note that all coaches / mentors must fill out Youth Protection forms, including criminal record checks.
- KNOW THE RULES: Review all the documents in the Into Orbit Challenge Updates and Resources page and start working on A) the Robot Missions and B) the Project (this year’s project presentation is on Human Space Travel)
- BUILD YOUR ROBOT: Make sure you have at least one Mindstorms EV3 or NXT set, or purchase the home or education edition online (spectrum-nasco has the education version with lithium battery pack for approx $400 CAD). You’ll always need extra pieces!
- GO TO EVENTS: To really understand what you’re getting into, and to meet other teams/parents, sign up the team for the Season Launch and FLL Jump Start events described below or check https://firstroboticsbc.org/events/
- GET TO REGIONALS: Start practicing for the Regional Tournament on December 1st (more details coming from FIRST Robotics BC)
- GET TO PROVINCIALS: Provincial Championships will be in February 2019 in Victoria BC, make sure your team is ready! Check here for official announcement by hosts St Margarets: https://www.stmarg.ca/robotics
Any questions about FIRST LEGO League or FLL Junior or to get help forming a team, please contact BC’s FIRST Senior Mentor, Barish Golland at email@example.com
Register for FLL/FLLJr Launch and Jump Start Events
FIRST Launch 2019 – Kickoff Event – September 8th, Saturday – 5:00pm to 7:00pm at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
- Overview of FIRST competitions, open to the public
- FIRST BC and the Space Centre will present on this year’s Space theme, with presentations on Into Orbit (FLL ages 9-14) and Mission Moon (FLL Jr ages 6-10).
- Returning FLL teams will display this year’s Into Orbit Field Set
- Register here if you would like to attend: https://firstroboticsbc.org/2018/08/04/fll-first-season-launch-vancouver/
FLL Jump Start – September 22nd, Saturday – 1:30pm to 4:30pm at Centre for Digital Media Hangar
- This is for registered teams or for those seriously wanting to form an FLL team
- Presentations on Robot Missions, Project and Core Values
- Teams rotate through stations to get hands on experience with this season’s challenge with coaches and mentor volunteers
- Hands on activities including advanced programming and building tips from previous regional champions
- Register here: FLL Jump Start Event Registration
FLL Robotics Tournament Featured in the News
Our FLL teams had an amazing time joining a total of 19 teams at the FIRST LEGO League Lower Mainland Tournament last Sunday, December 3rd at North Surrey Secondary. News media came to film the event, so watch the CBC News feature as well the Global News feature to get a glimpse of the excitement! Also read the CBC article on the event.
Our teams all put in a lot of brain power, planning and hard work to prepare for the judging sessions in the categories of project (teams chose a research topic to solve a problem related to Hydrodynamics), core values and robot design, as well as the fun part: the robot games. Congratulations to them all!
Teamwork, dedication, focus pay off
At the awards ceremony, our Norma Rose Point team Forces of Atlantis won 1st Place Champions Award for excelling in all categories they were judged on. The judges had this to say about the team:
“Emerging from the depth of the sea, they rise to conquer and shine through powerfully. They are strong together, gathering their (brain) forces, and have come to ace in all areas of knowledge. This team has shown strong friendships, great design ideas and focused minds in various tasks.”
Championship in Victoria
Teams still have to prepare for the Championship Tournament that will be held in Victoria BC on February 3rd, 2018, hosted by St. Margaret’s, involving teams from all over BC. Winners of the Championship move on to the World Festival in April. We wish them all the best of luck!
Our teams from University Hill Elementary (Bubble Jets), Norma Rose Pont (Forces of Atlantis) and Lord Kitchener / EJQ (Mr Noodles Improved) are super excited to be participating in the FIRST LEGO League Lower Mainland Tournament tomorrow, December 3rd at North Surrey Secondary!
See the tournament schedule here it you would like to come watch! –FLL Tournament Handout
Opening Ceremonies are at 9am, closing ceremonies at 4pm, final Robot game at 2:45pm.
We’re hoping to stream the Robot Run’s at 1:15 and 2:45 LIVE on YouTube so stay tuned to our YouTube channel to watch.
Also check out the Project Rap that our Norma Rose Point team put together for their research project on Hydrodynamics:
We’ve opened up registrations for all Winter 2018 after school robotics programs starting in January. You can register at the links below:
We are still confirming Queen Elizabeth Elementary. Let us know if there’s a school you’d like to see in this list!
And finally, our Winter Camp on January 2-5 has more spots available, register here!
Registration open but limited to 24 students
Our Winter Robotics Camp is back for the 2nd year in a row, and we’re now open for registrations! Kids build all kinds of Winter themed robotics creations while learning coding, computer science, design engineering, teamwork and more!
Here are details for the camp:
Dates: January 2nd (Tuesday) to January 5th (Friday)
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: University Chapel, UBC
Registration Link: Winter Robotics Camp – January 2-5, 2018
Limit: 24 students
New to our Robotics Camps?
Check out our YouTube channel here for tons of videos from previous camps:
Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this Weekend, June 10-11, at PNE Forum
The Maker Faire is back for the 7th year in a row, and Daedalos will be there showcasing some new robotics platforms and hands-on robotics games. It’s on this weekend, June 10th – 11th from 10am to 6pm. There will be some amazing Maker exhibits and lots of creative, hands on activities for the kids. Look for us at the GearBots MakerSpace table. Go to the Maker Faire website for advanced tickets: http://makerfaire.ca
Robotics Summer Camps at Daedalos
Due to high demand, we’ve added a few more spots in the half-day category for our Robotics Summer camps with LEGO Education Mindstorms and WeDo. We’ve also added a 4 day camp for July 4th to 7th. Check here for more information: 2017 Robotics Summer Camps with LEGO Education
Stay Tuned for Fall After School Program Registration
We will be launching Fall 2017 After School Programs in early July. You will be the first to know, so check your email for an update from us. If your school currently doesn’t have a Robotics program, contact us to see if we can start a program at your school.
Hope you and your family have a safe, fun summer!
Daedalos Enrichment Programs Founder & Program Director