The Robot Programming Competition’s mission is to foster interest in computer programming, science, math, problem solving and teamwork among students in both junior and senior high schools. Acadia University hosted a championship tournament in Wolfville, on February 4, 2012, where teams from across the province were given an opportunity to demonstrate their creative solutions to multiple challenges.

Below are the highlights from the event:

The overall winner of the First LEGO League (FLL) competition was team EIJ from the Falcon Academy of Robotics.

The overall winner of the high school robotics competition was team CP Allen from Charles P. Allen High School.

Other facts:

1. There were over 325 participants in the competition.
2. There were over 100 volunteers at the competition and approximately 500 fans.
3. One team travelled six hours from Cape Breton to compete.
4. FLL teams had to first qualify at events held in November at five Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) campuses.
5. This year's research theme for FLL was food safety.
6. There were two all-girls teams, one of which was the FLL champions.
7. This year Acadia University, in partnership with NSCC, loaned over 60 robots to interested school and community groups throughout the province.
8. In addition to providing significant financial support, Michelin also provided a team of 14 volunteers to do the robot technical design judging.
9.  In general, Acadia University is given an invitation to the world festival on alternate years.  However, this year instead, the FLL champion has been invited to the North American Open at LEGOLAND in California.

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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, February 4, 2012