Robotics News

This week's shout out comes from Peter Himmelman of the Shelburne Rebels FLL Challenge and Robofest teams. Peter has been a dedicated long term coach to both teams. He received the Robofest Outstanding Coach Award at the 2019 Robot Programming Competitions for his commitment to youth in robotics. That same year, the Robofest Shelburne Rebels team attended the World Championship in Michigan, US.

Peter's Shout Out:

"The Shelburne Rebels have been involved with the First Lego League and Acadia Robotics since the 2008 Climate Connections season. As a coach and a parent, having had my four children on the team at some point, I have appreciated the program’s ability to foster the development of lateral thinking skills, creativity, patience and perseverance.

A high point of our team’s experience was during the 2018-19 season when our Senior High team, made up of FLL veterans, finished third in the Acadia Robotics Robofest Senior Challenge and was able to take part in the Robofest World Championships in Detroit, Michigan. Every year in junior high, this particular group of students would start out by planning what they would do when (not if) they made it past the Acadia challenge. It was particularly rewarding to be with them when they finally achieved their goal."

Andrew Elliott has been a long time volunteer for Acadia Robotics. You may remember him as the Assistant Head Judge at the 2020 Robot Programming Competitions on the Robofest day. Andrew received the Lynn Chipman Memorial Outstanding Volunteer Award at the 2019 RPC. He has been an amazing supporter of Acadia Robotics and has worked with us to recruit volunteers from Greenwood base, assisted in training volunteers, and has even volunteered at other Acadia Robotics workshops and fun events for both age divisions.

Andrew's shout out:

"I can’t really pick out any specific memory of the years I was there but overall the biggest thing I miss is the incredible ingenuity shown each year with how the different teams solved the problem or accomplished the tasks.  I can honestly say that I learned things every year about programming, logical thinking, engineering, and problem solving that has actually helped me improve as both an Aircraft Technician and in my new role as an Aircraft Accident Investigator.  This is why I think this program is such a great program and I hope it continues to grow in spite of the current challenges and comes out the other side stronger than ever so I can come back to it someday."

On September 26th and October 10th, four teams from the Maritime region competed in the first ever Robofest Online World Championship (ROWC). To compete at the ROWC, teams first must advance from the 2020 RPC last February. The advancing teams were:

Bomb Ace (King's-Edgehill School)

RNS Crane (Rothesay Netherwood School)

Robinsonsphere (King's-Edgehill School)

Parrsboro Bogey Bowlers (Parrsboro Regional High School)


All of our teams did well competing in a new format on the world stage. During the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 17th our region earned four awards. They are:

Site Host Award – Gary Walsh

Senior BottleSumo Best Intro – Bomb Ace (KES)

Senior BottleSumo 4th Place – Robinsonsphere (KES)

Senior GolfBowl Best Intro – RNS-Crane (RNS)


Congratulations to all of the teams that competed during the ROWC. You represented the Maritimes and Acadia Robotics well. For a complete listing of all award winners by category, click here. Acadia Robotics hopes to see many teams returning this upcoming season. The new Robofest season kick off will take place at 9:30am on December 3rd, 2020.