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Holy Name’s Hawkbots to compete at Ontario Innovations Competition

- The team won the Research Award at Regionals,

the Presentation Award at Ontario West -

submitted to EFP

The Holy Name Catholic Elementary School’s HawkBots, an extracurricular club focused on robotics, is back at competition.

  On December 9, this hard-working team competed at the First LEGO League regional competition, which was held at St. Clair College. Coach Mike Lamoureux said the Essex-based team not only won the Research Award at this competition, but was also one of the teams that won the chance to compet at the Ontario West Competition.

  This year’s competition theme included the problems involved with deep space exploration. In keeping with that theme, the HawkBots designed a resistance suit to prevent loss of muscle mass and bone density while in space.

  Over the weekend, the Hawkbots competed at the University of Waterloo and won the Presentation Award at the Ontario West competition. It was also one of seven teams that earned the chance to compete at the Ontario Innovations Competition, which will take place at Seneca College in Markham on Sunday, February 24th.

  As part of their research, members of the Hawkbots presented to Dr. Adam Sirek, an astronaut candidate, as well as a fitness instructor, a bioengineer, and a human kinetics class that is studying exercise in extreme environments.

  Last year’s Hawkbots team competed in the Annual Ontario Innovation Celebration at the Seneca College campus, and earned the Implementation Award.

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