Hot Fun In The Summertime!

Posted by Lori Dale On July 4, 2021 Comments Off on Hot Fun In The Summertime!

The Float in staging, before the parade

Today the Gearheads participated in our second parade for this year. It’s always fun to hear all the excited comments about Candybot. This year we premiered our upgraded Candybot with a new control board to make it easier to drive. We also had our flagbot in the parade and on the float an FLL Robot. FLL stands for FIRST LEGO League and is the FIRST program for middle schoolers. It uses LEGO parts to introduce engineering in a fun way. (As I always say, “who doesn’t love LEGOs?)

If you look at the red platform you can see the FLL Robot

In other news, we will again be a part of the FIRST Robotics Showcase at the Benton County Fair. If you come, we are in the Discovery Building. The showcase will feature robots from FIRST LEGO League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). We hope to have some demo matches in our FTC area, FLL Robots (EV3’s) for visitors to drive, and FRC demos and possibly to drive. We have teams coming from around the state to share the love of all things FIRST. Come see us and say ‘Hi”!

Finally, we would like to show off the robot we built this year. It was a slow process with all the Covid restrictions, but we think that we built a great robot. We would also like to thank our Platinum Sponsors who shouldered the biggest part of the financial load for this year. They are Boston Scientific, Grede Foundries, and Pellco Machine, Inc. Here is a link to the video.


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