FIRST LEGO League

Runnymede represented again with two exceptional teams at the 2017-2018 FIRST LEGO League (FLL) qualifying tournament at Runnymede Collegiate Institute on December 9th.

Runnymede’s teams battled robots with teams from 32 other schools and presented their robot designs, programming summaries and science fair projects centered on this year’s theme of Hydro Dynamics. Teams were also judged on their exhibition of Core Values (Professional Engineering behaviour) including Coopertition® and Gracious Professionalism®.

BOTH teams won awards!

Runnymede’s Electric Lions had the best showing of a young team in Runnymede’s history, and also won the Best Presentation Award. 

Electric Lions Project Award 2017-2018

Electric Lions won Best Presentation Award!
In photo from left to right: Aryana Britnell, Annika Bendtsen, (missing from photo, team members Eric Hutchinson, Hailey Kula, Matteo Lucas-Torres Barbieri, Alexander Meana, Chloe Manning, Joel Thoms, Mitchell Thoms, Nevelyn Queen)

Runnymede’s Cyberbolts won the top award, the CHAMPION’s award for scoring exceptionally high in every single category and the team will go on to compete in First’s Ontario East Provincial Championships.  Good luck, Cyberbolts!

Cyberbolts Champions Award 2017-2018

The Cyberbolts placed 2nd out of 32 teams, and will go on to the Provincial Championships!
In photo from left to right: Elizabeth MacDougall, Bennett Siaroff, Alex Harper, Nick Armstrong, Raiya Minhas, Matthew Gibson (missing from photo, team member Alex Bendtsen)

wtcs-crestRunnymede Robotics would like to say thank you to the teachers who have made their competitive teams possible this year:  Ms. Moldawa and Mr. Shteiman from Runnymede and Mr. Wang, teacher at Western Technical-Commercial School and lead Mentor for WTCS’s Warp 7 Robotics Team. Thanks also to WTCS‘s Principal Pang for her gracious support. We are lucky to have WTCS as our neighbour.

We would also like to thank Head Coach Susan Armstrong as well as Coaches Tasha Balla-Boudreau, Stuart Hutchinson, Erin Meana and Steve Thoms for their support.


Check out some of the incredible research our Runnymede teams have done by visiting the team’s website .  Here you can find out about our projects as well as helpful hints on LEGO building, programming and crazy STEM fun!


Interested in learning programming at home? Check out the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s site SCRATCH. This site encourages kids to program using blocks of code that they connect to make scripts. They can “see inside” the programs of posted games and learn from others, or follow the tutorials provided.