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PHOTOS: Central Okanagan students use LEGO to solve real-world problems

13 teams competed in the regional qualifying tournament
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Students from Kelowna, Lake Country, and Vernon took part in the 2024 First LEGO League ‘Masterpiece’ regional qualifying tournament at UBCO on Saturday, Feb. 10. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)

Central Okanagan students were up to the challenge on Saturday, as they competed in the annual First LEGO League ‘Masterpiece’ regional qualifying tournament.

On Feb. 10 at UBCO’s Engineering, Education, and Management Building, 13 teams totalling around 75 kids aged 9 to 16 from Kelowna, Lake Country, and Vernon competed in the event.

“Events like this inspire wonder in our learners, making them curious about technology’s role in solving real-world problems and able to see their own potential to create change,” said Central Okanagan superintendent and CEO Kevin Kaardal. “We are grateful to our staff and the UBCO students for creating this opportunity.”

For this year’s challenge, students had to research, explore, and create innovative prototype situations for real-world problems in the world of art, technology, and hobbies. Additionally, teams were to build a robot that was to complete missions in a timely fashion while also finding a way to improve the audience’s experience watching their creation.

“UBCO is always happy to host events such as this. Our campus is a place of innovation, creativity, and critical thinking,” said UBCO associate vice-president of students Dale Mullings. “It’s great to have students from Central Okanagan Public Schools on campus, interacting with our student and faculty volunteers while they try new, imaginative projects. The possibilities are endless, and we wish each one of the students the best of luck in the competition.”

The masterpiece challenge is an event students take part in all around the world, in more than 80 countries.

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Students from Kelowna, Lake Country, and Vernon took part in the 2024 First LEGO League ‘Masterpiece’ regional qualifying tournament at UBCO on Saturday, Feb. 10. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
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Students from Kelowna, Lake Country, and Vernon took part in the 2024 First LEGO League ‘Masterpiece’ regional qualifying tournament at UBCO on Saturday, Feb. 10. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
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Students from Kelowna, Lake Country, and Vernon took part in the 2024 First LEGO League ‘Masterpiece’ regional qualifying tournament at UBCO on Saturday, Feb. 10. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
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Students from Kelowna, Lake Country, and Vernon took part in the 2024 First LEGO League ‘Masterpiece’ regional qualifying tournament at UBCO on Saturday, Feb. 10. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)


Jordy Cunningham

About the Author: Jordy Cunningham

Hailing from Ladner, B.C., I have been passionate about sports, especially baseball, since I was young. In 2018, I graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree
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