Imhotep’s Legacy Academy’s FIRST Lego League (FLL) team, “Legos R Us”, from Oxford Junior High School has been nominated, as 1 of 20 global finalists (1 of 3 from the whole of Canada), to attend the Seventh Annual FIRST Global Innovation Award Ceremony. This year, the finals will be held in Washington, DC from June 18 – June 20, 2017, and the FLL students have a chance to be recognized, gain valuable experience, and win funds towards improving their prototype.

The team designed an ingenious solution to help solve the problem on Sable Island where the iconic Sable Wild Horses are becoming habituated to buildings. The Global Innovation Award (GIA) judges reviewed a synopsis of their project and were very enthusiastic about their solution.

This opportunity will be an amazing experience for our FLL students, providing them with advice and access to resources relevant to pursuing their innovative solution and building life-long innovative thinking skills, such as marketing, intellectual property, presentation literacy, and so much more. It will also build confidence in their own capacity, and drive them to success in school and extracurricular activities.


Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA), an initiative between Dalhousie University and various community partners, provides programs intended to support and enrich the knowledge of S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects amongst students of African heritage in grades 6 – 12 throughout Nova Scotia. The FIRST Lego League program is one of our core programs which exposes the students to robotics programming, systematic problem solving, and instills core values like team work and professionalism.

This year our team won the Robot Design Award at the NSCC qualifiers competition which helped secure us a place in the Acadia Provincial Competition. The FLL team traveled to Acadia University and returned with the 2017 Innovative Solution Award and a nomination from the Judges to be considered for the Global Innovation Award. The team submitted a 1 page summary of their project to the GIA judges, and they selected us to be one of 20 finalists for this year’s Global Innovation Award.

Despite numerous roadblocks, the team has worked together to develop the Animal Deterrent System and construct a prototype. They worked almost 6hrs a week both with the FLL Mentor and independently. When sessions couldn’t be held at the schools, they devoted their weekends to ensure that the solution was up to par. This trip will provide them with proper recognition for their efforts and give them an experience they will never forget!


Substantially funded by Dalhousie University and working out of the Dalhousie Killam Memorial Library, Dalhousie University students are hired to serve as mentors to junior high and high school kids in the HRM through Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA). ILA has four core programs which provides support and engages students of African heritage in STEM studies from grade 6 to their post-secondary education at Dalhousie University. ILA Board members, majority of whom are Dalhousie faculty, also serve as mentors to the hired students, therefore creating a tri-mentorship system that has proved successful over the years.

This is evident in how far the FLL team has come with so much support. Approximately $16,000 will be required to cover the travel, accommodation and meal costs for 7 students, 1 Coach, 1 Mentor and 1 teacher as a Chaperone over the 4 nights of the event.

The FLL team is currently working on the programming and hardware of the prototype using suggestions they received from the GIA judges. They are scheduled to meet with representatives from Parks Canada (for a second time) in May, to present the upgraded system and reevaluate its feasibility. They are looking forward to meeting with an Electrical Engineering professor at Dalhousie University to assess their prototype.

The team has taken this challenge heads-on and are excited about the trip and the possibilities that lie ahead.


The funds raised will provide both Dalhousie students and Oxford Junior High School students with the opportunity to attend this world-class event. They will get to meet and speak with their peers and gain a broader perspective of the possibilities and potential they can achieve in STEM fields.

Also, this will serve as encouragement to other students in the community and create awareness for all the support systems that Dalhousie University, through ILA, have setup to empower our community.

The Team

John, Aruagha-Ndukwe

Program Manager; 2016/2017 FLL Coach

John graduated from Dalhousie University with a master's degree in Petroleum Engineering. This is his first year working with the program.

Samuel Okoroafor

2016/2016 FLL Mentor

Samuel is a 3rd Year Electrical Engineering Dalhousie Student. He first worked with Imhotep as a tutor in the 2015/2016 session. He expressed interest to work with the FLL team due to his educational background. His dedication and influence as a mentor to the kids is evident in how far the team has come this year.

Ms. Tina Broderick

Oxford JHS Teacher; ILA FLL Liaison

Ms Broderick is a Science and Mathematics teacher in Oxford Junior High. She has been a huge support of the FLL plaform in prior years and especially to this year's team. She provided her room both for storage, practice and meeting session. She provided amazing guidance and help to the kids outside scheduled sessions and was key in guiding the kids in the selection and development of their amazing solution.

The Students

Oxford JHS students

Our committed team of students includes:

Grade nine students :
Om Agarwal
Kareem El-Beshbeeshy
Evan Rossiter

Grade eight students:
Will Allen-Rawding
Christopher Bahedi
Rustam-Jan Kalyani-Janssen
Ronan Murphy
Umar Timbo (Grade 7)



July 11, 2017

I would like to thank everyone for their support. The kids had an amazing time during the trip and learned a lot from the conference. They got to have two board room meetings with a business development specialist and an engineer, who gave them feedback on their device and advice on possible next steps to take. They also got to meet the director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, where they learnt about patenting requirements and procedures. Other activities such as design thinking and how light can change the world, gave the kids a broader perspective of their abilities.

Their presentation went great with the kids brimming with confidence and pride after they stepped out of the judging pits. They may not have won, but I could tell there was an increase in esteem as the trip came to a close. Despite the short time frame, they formed lasting friendships (they also got to learn how to say hello in Slovenian (Zdravo!!) loool) which was beautiful to watch.

All in all, it was a fulfilling experience and we couldn’t have done it without every single one of you.

Have an amazing summer and stay blessed.

PS: Follow us on our social media, we have a video/picture montage of the trip coming soon.

WE MADE IT...and then some!

June 16, 2017


Thanks to everyone who donated and shared our links. You got us to this point and we are so elated.

With high-fives and fist-bumps we march on confidently to try our best to make you proud, and have some fun too :) loool.

Thanks again and remember to follow our twitter page for pictures and updates from the trip.

Eyes on home plate! -- 98.69% Funded

June 15, 2017

We are speechless at the amount of support we have received throughout our campaign.

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to the family and friends of our amazing kids. You are the realest!!!

We are so close and we are confident we will reach our target.

Remember to follow our twitter page (@imhoteplegacy) to receive updates during the trip.

Tune IN!

June 14, 2017

Our coach John will be speaking with Sheldon on 95.7 FM by 2:10pm tomorrow, Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Tune in to get updates on how the kids are preparing for the trip and our journey to this point.

Please remember to share our link with your friends and family on social media. We are almost at our goal.

Thanks for being AWESOME and supporting us.
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Oxford Junior High School

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Jim Rossiter

Way to go LEGOS ´R US team! So proud of all of you. Thanks to IMHOTEP, Dal, Oxford School and especially the mentors and teachers.

William Wood

Good luck Evan & teammates! Great work.

Rania Ghaly

Good luck Legos 'R Us! So proud of you!

Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science Dalhousie University

Megan Leslie

Good luck and have fun in Washington, DC!

Office of the President Dalhousie University

Gordon F. Hewlett

Have a safe trip to Washington D.C and the best of luck in the competition!!!

Lynn Lindeijer

Way to go - hope everyone gets to go on this fantastic journey!

Kevin MacDonell

Pemberton Cyrus

Good luck teem - we are proud of you!

Roy and Marcia McNamara

Faculty of Science Dalhousie University

Ahmed Ghaly

Congratulations Team!!! Great Job!!!

Francoise Baylis

Michelin North America (Canada)

Faculty of Engineering - Dalhousie

John van Gurp


Robert Devet

Go Team, go Umar!