Rookie New Brunswick Lego robotics team finishes 4th in Ottawa tournament – New Brunswick

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A group of Moncton-area students, aged 9 to 12, is back following a successful tournament in Ottawa.

The Glaceige Games Scorpions have been practicing since September, and were the youngest team to compete in FIRST LEGO League Challenge.

Frank Niu, the team’s coach, says he’s proud of how his rookie team finished.


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“The youngest guy in our team is just nine years old,” he says. “We are the youngest of all 21 teams.”

The rookie team has only been practicing together since September.

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A trip to Ottawa to compete in a game they love was a big deal for the team.

“It was very exciting,” says Micky Liang. “I was sweating a lot.”


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The rest of the teams competing were from Ontario.

Coach Niu says this was a regional competition, but they had to compete in Ottawa because there’s no regional competition in New Brunswick.

A fourth-place finish left them just shy of making the provincial tournament, but for the team’s rookie year, the coach is happy with the performance.

“I’m so proud of my kids,” says Niu. “They did a fantastic job.”

Coach Frank Niu says he’s very proud of his team’s performance. 

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With guidance and help from their coach, the team programs the robots through trial and error.

“Testing it and figuring out new programs — that’s the fun part about programming,” says Carter Lutes.

The theme of the tournament was Into Orbit.


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Some tasks they had to program their robots to complete included “saving an astronaut from outer space,” and “sending satellites into orbit.”

The task at the tournament was to complete 50 missions in two-and-a-half minutes. The team held their own.

Coach Niu says the team will be back older and stronger next year.

“I think they’ll be the best,” he says. “For sure.”

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Alberta man finishes record 10-year hike in Tuktoyaktuk

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Dana Meise has been walking for a long time.

« I’ve walked for 10 years and I hiked the Trans Canada trail, » he told CBC at a stop along the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway.

In the grand scheme of things, the 138-kilometre highway is a walk in the park compared to the rest of his decade-long, 21,000-kilometre journey.

The Great Trail, previously referred to as the Trans-Canada Trail. (The Great Trail.ca)

Completing this hike makes Meise the first person to touch all three coasts on the Trans Canada Trail.

He was inspired to start this journey after his father lost his ability to walk.

« He really liked to explore, so it was just this clicking moment where I was like, ‘Dad, I’ll walk enough for the both of us,' » Meise said.

Between a nasty fall earlier this month that briefly put him in hospital, family emergencies, and his tent getting shredded by ravens, Meise said it’s been a challenge to finish this final stretch.

« I should have been done weeks ago and then I wouldn’t have to go through all this cold, » he said.

Dana Meise pushes a buggy loaded with his gear up a stretch of the Trans Canada trail as he hikes towards Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. (Dana Miese)

At night, he said it’s dropped as low as -40 degrees with the wind, and he got a nip of frostbite earlier this week.

Nevertheless, on Thursday evening he made it to Tuktoyaktuk, completing his lifelong dream; and it’s in part thanks to the community.

« Luckily the people of Tuk have really rallied for me, » he said. « Without them I don’t think I could have actually completed [this]. And I was so close, so I’m extremely grateful. »

Technically, Meise had already reached his final destination several times before Thursday night.

People stopped on the side of the road to drive him to Tuktoyaktuk to spend the night, then they would drop him where he left off the next morning.

The final leg of Meise’s journey has been tough. He’s suffered frostbite, took a nasty fall and his tent was shredded by ravens. (Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi/CBC)

« As much as I’m super excited to finish … I’m also excited to get home, » he said.

Meise, originally from Sherwood Park, Alta, started his adventure in Cape Spear, Nfld. in 2008.

The trip has not been all in one go.

For half the year Meise would go back to work as a forestry technician in Prince George, B.C.; he was also out of commission for three years after a workplace accident in 2015.

But he didn’t give up.

« [I think about] how I’d feel if I quit, » he said.

« I think there’s a lesson we learn about just following through with what you said you’re going to do. »

He hopes to turn his adventure into a book and a documentary.

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