May 18, 2014

Moonbots 2014

Josh and Patrick teamed up with their siblings, Sarah and Hazel, to compete in the 2014 Moonbots challenge. They spent the last 2 months researching "Why should we go back to the moon for good?" and creating a 3 minute video explaining what they found. The top 25 videos will be selected to move on to phase 2, a lunar robotics competition. The winners will be announced on June 15th. Good luck team!!



February 16, 2014

State Competition Results

We ended the season in 13th out of 40 for robot performance. Not too shabby considering the boys had mechanical issues most of the day. We have no idea what was happening with the robot but it sure led to some spectacular mission model smashing. We couldn't have destroyed the table any better if we tried! The boys are feeling a little low about not making it to the World Festival but it's nothing an End Of Season party/Magic tournament can't fix.

I'm still gathering up the pictures and video from the tournament and will get them posted soon. For now, here is the 482 point run from the Regionals.

January 30, 2014

The Many Faces Of Lego Works

Things are slow here on the blog while the team prepares for the States. They are building a prototype of the Aero Float and trying to add a few points to their robot score. I'll post some pictures of the prototype once it is complete.

In the mean time, here are some of my favorite candid pictures of the kids being their goofy selves.


More pictures under the fold...

January 22, 2014

Pictures From The Regional Competition


My favorite picture of the day was taken with the Conflictonauts. They are a great group of kids and we look forward to working with them over the summer.



They spent some time at the practice tables getting their robot ready


Waiting for the run to start was stressful!


 
Down time was spent hanging out and playing Magic
 
 
The team ran through the high five line when they received their awards
 

 
It was a wonderful day
 
 

January 12, 2014

Moving On To The State Competition!


What an exciting regional competition! We scrambled to the last minute to get our project ready and our robot at its maximum score. Everyone was a nervous wreck while we waited to begin the tournament.

We knew things wouldn't be easy when our first robot run went horribly wrong. The front attachment got tangled in the airplane line and had to be rescued, losing many of our points. Tyler and Theo made a valiant effort to recoup as many points as possible and ended the run with a respectable score of 311.

Ben and Ian were up next and started out strong Almost every mission was executed flawlessly and we were all on our feet cheering. Then disaster struck. The robot hit the gray barriers and couldn't make it into the red zone to finish the run. Even with the loss of the red zone points, they still had a score of 308.

By this time, Patrick and Josh were feeling the pressure. The score to beat was 475 by the Crazy Chickens. Our robot had a maximum score of 512 if everything went perfectly. We all crossed our fingers as the run started. A perfect run with 30 seconds to spare! I've never heard the team cheer so loudly. In the end, we lost the tree branch points because the wires were nudged accidentally. This still gave the team 482 points and the top score for the day.

They received the Top Robot Performance award and the First Place Programming award. They will also be competing in the State Championship Tournament next month. This had to be the most exciting tournament we've ever competed in.

My camera died early in the day so I don't have many pictures to post yet. I'll gather up pics from the parents and get them uploaded soon.






December 23, 2013

Project Grind- Written By Ben


These last few meetings have been, to be honest, boring. We have been on a project grind since the competition. Luckily, we've gotten far into it and have a large portion of it completed. Another thing that has been going on is our barriers mission. I have spent hours over the last 3 or 4 meetings working to build a "base" to put our robot on to help it get over the barriers. I am happy to say that it works! It gets to at least the purple zone almost every time and the red zone sometimes when the mission is run. That makes our new point total max 543! Next week we will continue on our project and tweak the "base" to near perfection. :)

(Update by Coach B.) - This year has been tough. The team has done incredibly well with the robot challenge but has struggled with the project. We have less than 3 weeks until our QT and we are not ready. I have faith that the boys will put in their full effort and get things done. *crossing fingers*

Getting into the Christmas spirit

 Researching flood statistics


Researching mold
 
Testing weight

December 9, 2013

Local Team Conflictonauts


This weekend we got together with another local team, the Conflictonauts. They are a first year team that will be competing at the same tournament as us in January. We showed them our robot and how our missions work. It was fun telling them about our strategy and things we do to make our programs more reliable. They showed us their website they created for their presentation and it was really good. Afterwards, we had pizza and watched a movie. It was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed meeting the new team. We want to get together again so our programmers can work with theirs to teach them how to use MyBlocks. Programming is much easier once you start using MyBlocks. We forgot to take our camera so I don't have any pictures to post. We will be sure to grab a few next time.

November 23, 2013

Lansdale Scrimmage


Today the team competed in the Lansdale, PA scrimmage. This is our favorite competition every year. We met quite a few new teams and had a great time checking out the solutions everyone came up with. The team we shared our classroom with had the most amazing robot that could bend in half and climb over the obstacles.

We had the high scores of the day and came home with the first place trophy. Our top 3 scores were 454, 431, and 359. It was a long but wonderful day.

First place!
 
Testing out our noise makers

Presenting our project

Setting up for our first run

Starting our first run

Robot design judging

Programming judging
 

November 21, 2013

New Team Shirts


Our new shirts have finally come in and they look awesome!


We have our first competition this Saturday. There is still a lot to do to get ready but we are feeling pretty confident. Our high score so far is 491. We don't always have a perfect run but do pretty well overall. Wish us luck!

November 15, 2013

Suspense! - Written By Ben


This week was full of suspense! With the upcoming competition, we were scrambling to get stuff done. The sequencer program (after driving everyone crazy) is finally fixed. The competition is in less than 2 weeks! Next week we NEED to finish the script and tweak some missions. Until next time :)

(Edit by Mrs. B) - The boys were able to fix the sequencer program by adding a reset myblock to the beginning of every mission and a myblock at the end of each program that sets the motors to coast. This allows them to reposition the motors in between missions and reset the rotation sensors. Now if they could just get the script for their presentation finished!

 Motor Reset Myblock
Motor Coast Myblock