FIRST Lego robotics

Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) members captured the imagination of 9 and 10 year olds at the FIRST Lego® League Team "Body Forward Challenge" with nanorobots, flying microbots, biomedical Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) devices and nanomeds.

We are getting too old to find the solution for the blood brain barrier problem…it will be up to you!

said Dr. Frank Gu. He, along with three other WIN members spoke, engaged and demonstrated the real world of nanotechnology, medicine and robotics to a group of 45 inspired students taking part in the FIRST Lego Legue Body Challenge event held at the University of Waterloo on October 30, 2010.

Other WIN members and talks included:

  • Shruti Nambiar (Supervisor: Professor John Yeow) – nano/micro devices for biomedical applications
  • Moein Mehrtash (Supervisor: Professor Berhard Khamesee) – flying microrobots
  • Keith Peiris (Supervisor: Professor Mustafa Yavuz) – nanorobotics Team

FIRST Lego League (FLL) is a result of an exciting alliance between FIRST and the Lego company. Guided by adult mentors and the imagination and dynamics of a team, FLL students solve real-world engineering challenges, develop important life skills, and learn to make positive contributions to society.