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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Kincardine Students Go Green

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

First Lego League team competing today at Ontario robot competition.

First Lego Team cleanup crew and their blue box invention. (photo by John Divinski) 

There is a large island of plastic garbage, about the size of Texas, that is floating in the South Pacific.

Apparently this material has come from piles of recyclables that have blown away and ended up in the water.

That concerns a group of elementary school children who make up the Kincardine First Lego League cleanup crew.

The five students, from Elgin Market and Huronview schools, believe they've come up an idea to improve the recycling process and reduce the amount of plastic that escapes into the environment.

Team Co-ordinator Brent Williams brought their idea to Kincardine council this past Wednesday to explain.

The kids realized on a good windy day along the shoreline, recyclables from Kincardine could end up in Teeswater and they wanted to help prevent that.

The team has invented a soft removable top that covers a regular sized blue box.

In addition, they have developed a safe cutting mechanism that will slice plastics into smaller pieces which gives it a good chance of not blowing away.

The team is at a provincial competition in Waterloo on January 30th, where the event is split into three categories.

There is a robot design category; a project category; and a team building category and the local team is competing in each division.

The team is made up of Spencer Adam; Bill Middelkamp; Carter Frook, Layne Rothmaier and Nathan Williams.

A demonstration of their invention can be found on You Tube at 4137 cleanup crew.




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