My name is Kyoungjoo. I am 11 years old and in grade 6. I go to General
Gordon Elementary School and attend the French Immersion Program.
The British Columbia First Lego League (BC FLL) Championship was held on
February 03, 2018. There were lots of teams all from the different places in BC,
and we competed against all of them. How did I feel? I actually felt great, because
this was my second time participating in the BC FLL Championship.
Early in the morning before the robot runs, we did the Project Presentation, Core
Values and Robot Design Presentations. They went pretty well, but everything
went downhill on our first robot game. Somehow, our robot stopped moving after a
few cm. Since this was the first time our robot ever failed, everybody was shocked
and speechless. Some of the team members started crying. We found out that one
of the cables weren’t put in properly. Our second run was a disaster, too. This time,
one of the robot’s sensors was malfunctioning. Finally, our third and final run went
great. We didn’t get all the missions done, but our team got a decent score.
At the time the organizers were going to announce the trophies, our team didn’t
really hope for us to get a trophy, but our team did. We received the Gracious
Professionalism Award. In other words, it was the teamwork award. When we won
the award, the judges explained why the award was given to us. The reason was
that on our first and second robot runs when everything went wrong, none of us
blamed each other unlike the other teams did. So, that was pretty cool.
After the competition, we went to Dairy Queen for a celebration. While we were
enjoying our frozen treats, our coaches announced that we would be going to
Tallinn, Estonia in Europe for an FLL Open International Competition. Everybody
was excited. The reason for this was because we won the first place at the BC
Lower Mainland Championship which was held on December 02, 2017. Estonia is
a country in Northern Europe, and its capital is Tallinn. Estonia is celebrating their
100 th anniversary, so they are hosting the FLL Open International with 100 teams
from more than 80 countries, to celebrate STEM, Robotics and old Estonia
traditions. The Forces of Atlantis is honored to be invited to represent Canada
along with other 3 teams.
Since we needed a lot of money for the plane fare and accommodation, we
decided to fundraise for the cost. Our goal for the fundraising is $15,000. So, one of
our team members, named Lulu, and our coach, Ana, made a website for an online
fundraising (www.gofundme.com/forcesofatlantis). Our team will also do bake
sales and other types of fundraising like day camps for robotics and door to door
About our team:
We are FIRST LEGO League Team # 33968, a.k.a. Forces of Atlantis, from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We will be representing Canada at the FLL Open International Event in June 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia with over 100 teams from all over the world!
Norma Rose Point Elementary School (Vancouver School Board)