RoboWarriors First Competition

Posted by Lori Dale On December 22, 2019 Comments Off on RoboWarriors First Competition

The Gearheads are taking a break for Christmas. Our next meeting will be Jan. 2nd, where we will be planning for Kick-Off, on Jan 4th.

In the interval, I thought that I would update our readers on our ‘Little brother’sister” team the RoboWarriors. They are the FIRST LEGO League team started by 2 Gearhead mentors; myself (Lori) and David Dale, with help from friends Cody Pratt and Emily Sorensen. We are the only FLL team that we know of in the 3 districts in the St. Cloud area.

Our competition was on Saturday in Alexandria. We are a very ‘green’ team. None of our students have been on Lego League teams before this year, and neither have our mentors. So we had a great deal to learn. Our goal was for the students to be able to consistently perform 1-2 of the missions. That seemed like a reasonable goal for a rookie team from what we had heard. The students met that goal and even exceeded it. They were able to perform 3 missions in most of the rounds.

The team at one of the practice tables
2 of the students getting the robot set up for a match

In an FLL competition, there is also judging in Core Values, Programming, Robot Design, and a separate Engineering/Innovation challenge. We were not sure what to expect, but I am pleased to say that we only received 5 scores of “Beginning” and the rest were all higher than that. We even received 2 scores of “exemplary”. That is the highest score that a team can receive!

Presenting their project for the Engineering/Innovation Challenge

To say that we are proud of the students is an understatement. Best of all is the fact that the students all seemed to have fun and I think that they are excited to come back next year and do it again. We as the Coaches also learned a great deal and have ideas for next year on how to better help the students.

If you would like to know more about FIRST LEGO League, you may contact us, or go to High Tech Kids. https://hightechkids.org/

Finally, we want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza, or Blessed Chanukah, and a Happy New Year!

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