TORONTO, March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 3rd, 2017, The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition organizer in Canada -- the FIRST Robotics Canada and Dr X Workshop headed by Chinese Canadian scientist -- Dr. Haipeng Xie jointly announced their strategic partnership to present FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition training curriculums to all Toronto schools through a pilot program. This partnership is aimed to encourage more young school children to develop interest and passion on science, technology, engineering and math. The news announcement event drew the attendance of various media, political and academic leaders from Canada. Organizer FIRST Robotics Canada also announced the ROC team from Dr X Workshop will be representing Canada to compete in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) International Open Championship held in England June 21-25, 2017. This team from Dr X Workshop is made up of Chinese Canadian elite students of age 10 to 14. On January 14, 2017, at Canadian FLL Robot Challenge in Ontario, the team won 1st in Robot Performance with 324 points, the highest score in Canada, won also the 1st place in Robot Mechanical Design and Robot Game Playoff.
This achievement certainly is a validation for the "Makerstorms" curriculums developed at Dr X Workshop. The training curriculum will be available to more than 20 schools in Toronto area in June. Dr X Workshop is established in 2016 by Dr. Haipeng Xie, who had extensive research and development, education experience in robotic field. He has been devoted wholeheartedly to his passion in robotics education, guiding young generation to the new frontier of science, technology and innovation. Dr. Xie said, "we will lead our young elite coaches from Dr X Workshop to promote our curriculum to more schools, to combine fun and teaching, so that all kids will benefit greatly from both teaching and learning. Our goal is to expose young kids to the frontier of innovation and technology in robotic field through robotics game and fun. At the meantime, with closer to real life condition, help kids learn to compete while cooperate, improve their leadership, communicating skills and let them experience the joy of sharing and teamwork. This would develop the full potential of young children."
The Ontario Director of FIRST Robotics Canada, Mr. Dave Ellis thanked Dr. Xie and Dr X Workshop for providing the FLL organizer helpful training materials on YouTube, for helping to improve opponents' skills and for creating a lovely professional competing spirit. Mr. Ellis expressed his expectation to further collaborate with Dr X Workshop using the unique curriculum among primary and middle school students to nurture their love of science, technology, engineering and math, to develop their critical thinking, to cultivate the future of innovative talent.
Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, Mr. Reza Moridi said, "economic development hinges on technology and innovation. It is critical to prepare our children to face the change and challenge and to encourage them to explore, to learn and to innovate. Dr. Xie's FLL robotic competition team effectively implemented the value of innovative science and engineering education in the development of young people's critical and creative thinking."
The future development of robot has been a hot topic. The group of lucky Chinese Canadian children at ROC team enjoyed the great teaching experience on such top robotic development platform and achieved such impressive results in the first year. They are hoping more kids can join them. Together with Dr X Workshop, they developed a Little Elite Coach Program, hoping to share their knowledge with more students through the pilot program.