Bright idea earns Bayview Glen students spot at robotics competition

News May 19, 2014 by Clark Kim North York Mirror

After listening to a presentation on natural hazards and personal preparedness, five students from Bayview Glen put their heads together and came up with the Upright Light.

They developed the concept and created a prototype for an untippable candle holder, which could safely provide light and heat during power outages like the one experienced in this past winter’s ice storm.

“They identified a need for a safer candle and they came up with an innovative solution,” said Eric Borromeo, a parent coach for Ctrl-Z, the five-member robotics team consisting of students between grades 6 to 10 from the school near Don Mills Road and Hwy. 401.

Team members include Alex Mark, Justin Borromeo, Christopher Alexiev, Alex Alexiev and Luca D’Alessandro, who won for their research and presentation of the Upright Light at the annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition earlier this year.

The team has qualified to compete at the FLL International Open hosted by the University of Toronto and FIRST Robotics Canada June 4 to 7.

Jude Kelly and Kalpana Rajgopalan from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) congratulated the kids recently and awarded them with a plaque for their work.

“We thought it was a great concept,” said Kelly, who made the initial presentation to the team in November and kept in touch with them to help develop their research project. “It’s a great achievement.”

The result was a product that uses two rings, which spin on two different axes, keeping the middle segment (candle holder) upright – much like the Gyrobowl, which stays upright to prevent children’s cereal from spilling on the floor.

Each of the team members said they’ve learned a lot during their research for the project.

“One of the important facts we got from the meeting is there’s a lot of candle fires,” said Alex Alexiev, whose been on the Ctrl-Z team for two years.

“Candles are an important item (in the emergency kit) but they’re also the most dangerous,” Luca added.

In preparation for the competition in June, the team is making a 3D design for the Upright Light prototype. Despite all their previous success, the Ctrl-Z team still admits to being a little nervous when competing.

But they plan to be as prepared as possible for the competition, continuing to meet most Friday evenings for three hours and sometimes on weekends.

“We all get along,” Luca said. “We do everything as a team.”

Bright idea earns Bayview Glen students spot at robotics competition

Upright Light an untippable candle holder for use during power failures

News May 19, 2014 by Clark Kim North York Mirror

After listening to a presentation on natural hazards and personal preparedness, five students from Bayview Glen put their heads together and came up with the Upright Light.

They developed the concept and created a prototype for an untippable candle holder, which could safely provide light and heat during power outages like the one experienced in this past winter’s ice storm.

“They identified a need for a safer candle and they came up with an innovative solution,” said Eric Borromeo, a parent coach for Ctrl-Z, the five-member robotics team consisting of students between grades 6 to 10 from the school near Don Mills Road and Hwy. 401.

Team members include Alex Mark, Justin Borromeo, Christopher Alexiev, Alex Alexiev and Luca D’Alessandro, who won for their research and presentation of the Upright Light at the annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition earlier this year.

The team has qualified to compete at the FLL International Open hosted by the University of Toronto and FIRST Robotics Canada June 4 to 7.

Jude Kelly and Kalpana Rajgopalan from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) congratulated the kids recently and awarded them with a plaque for their work.

“We thought it was a great concept,” said Kelly, who made the initial presentation to the team in November and kept in touch with them to help develop their research project. “It’s a great achievement.”

The result was a product that uses two rings, which spin on two different axes, keeping the middle segment (candle holder) upright – much like the Gyrobowl, which stays upright to prevent children’s cereal from spilling on the floor.

Each of the team members said they’ve learned a lot during their research for the project.

“One of the important facts we got from the meeting is there’s a lot of candle fires,” said Alex Alexiev, whose been on the Ctrl-Z team for two years.

“Candles are an important item (in the emergency kit) but they’re also the most dangerous,” Luca added.

In preparation for the competition in June, the team is making a 3D design for the Upright Light prototype. Despite all their previous success, the Ctrl-Z team still admits to being a little nervous when competing.

But they plan to be as prepared as possible for the competition, continuing to meet most Friday evenings for three hours and sometimes on weekends.

“We all get along,” Luca said. “We do everything as a team.”

Bright idea earns Bayview Glen students spot at robotics competition

Upright Light an untippable candle holder for use during power failures

News May 19, 2014 by Clark Kim North York Mirror

After listening to a presentation on natural hazards and personal preparedness, five students from Bayview Glen put their heads together and came up with the Upright Light.

They developed the concept and created a prototype for an untippable candle holder, which could safely provide light and heat during power outages like the one experienced in this past winter’s ice storm.

“They identified a need for a safer candle and they came up with an innovative solution,” said Eric Borromeo, a parent coach for Ctrl-Z, the five-member robotics team consisting of students between grades 6 to 10 from the school near Don Mills Road and Hwy. 401.

Team members include Alex Mark, Justin Borromeo, Christopher Alexiev, Alex Alexiev and Luca D’Alessandro, who won for their research and presentation of the Upright Light at the annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition earlier this year.

The team has qualified to compete at the FLL International Open hosted by the University of Toronto and FIRST Robotics Canada June 4 to 7.

Jude Kelly and Kalpana Rajgopalan from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) congratulated the kids recently and awarded them with a plaque for their work.

“We thought it was a great concept,” said Kelly, who made the initial presentation to the team in November and kept in touch with them to help develop their research project. “It’s a great achievement.”

The result was a product that uses two rings, which spin on two different axes, keeping the middle segment (candle holder) upright – much like the Gyrobowl, which stays upright to prevent children’s cereal from spilling on the floor.

Each of the team members said they’ve learned a lot during their research for the project.

“One of the important facts we got from the meeting is there’s a lot of candle fires,” said Alex Alexiev, whose been on the Ctrl-Z team for two years.

“Candles are an important item (in the emergency kit) but they’re also the most dangerous,” Luca added.

In preparation for the competition in June, the team is making a 3D design for the Upright Light prototype. Despite all their previous success, the Ctrl-Z team still admits to being a little nervous when competing.

But they plan to be as prepared as possible for the competition, continuing to meet most Friday evenings for three hours and sometimes on weekends.

“We all get along,” Luca said. “We do everything as a team.”