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A Pawsitively Praiseworthy Performance

A Pawsitively Praiseworthy Performance

Glen Ames PS robotics team turns heads at international competition

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

A robotics team from Glen Ames Public School  returned from a successful international competition in California and, in a field of 80 of the best teams from around the globe, brought home a second place finish in the category of Innovative Solution. “Incredibly proud,” summed up teacher and coach Luke Martin in describing his feelings about his team and the experience of representing the TDSB, the city, and the country. 

The Glen Ames team, dubbed the Pawsitive Proportionists, developed a fully-functional automatic dog feeder called Petportion. The device weighs the pet and provides an accurate portion of food at feeding time. Petportion includes an infrared sensor that recognizes a beacon device on a dog's collar to open a door that allows the pet in. This ingenious feature assures that other animals cannot get into the device to eat the food, allowing for a customized and safe experience for all pets in a household. The Petportion also has an LED light system that gives the owner feedback on whether the dog is underweight, overweight or the ideal weight. “The judges recommended the team patent the idea,” said Martin. “They might!” 

The Toronto Beach-area school is no stranger to success. This was its third appearance at an international event, and it has qualified for a remarkable seven provincial competitions since the school first fielded a team in 2006. The squad, which was the only Toronto District School Board (TDSB) elementary team to compete in international play this year, had qualified for the prestigious event by virtue of its performance at the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Ontario East Provincial Championship earlier this year. 

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