Grace Christian School competes in two different robotics challenges – the First Lego League competition and Robofest.
The First Lego League competition challenges grade 6-9 students to gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program. The challenge is divided into four sections: the Robot Game (students design, build, and program a robot to complete various challenges on a large “game board”), the Innovative Project (students find a problem in their community, based on the year’s topic, develop a scientific solution, and present their solution to judges), the Robot Design Executive Summary (students present the engineering aspects of their created robot), and Core Values (student demonstration of gracious professionalism and “coopertition”). GCS has competed in FLL for the past 3 years (although one was cancelled due to COVID), finding great success. In 2020, they claimed second overall regionally, qualifying for the World Invitational Competition in California, USA. After a cancelled 2021 year, the 2022 team competed in a COVID-shortened year, claiming top spot in the Innovative Project category with their design of a new transport vehicle that could deliver supplies to Canada’s far north in an attempt to alleviate year-round food insecurity.
Robofest, developed by Lawrence Technological University, is a robotics competition for both junior high and senior high students that challenges them to create and program autonomous robots to complete different annual challenges. In the four years that GCS has competed in regional Robofest tournaments, four GCS teams have qualified for the world championships, including the 2018 team that was able to travel to the competition in Michigan, USA, finishing in the top-20 globally!