October 1, 2014

Week 4

We spent this week finalizing our project ideas and voting for our favorite. Everyone is pretty excited about our topic, how can you not be when it includes Minecraft?? Hopefully we can get something decent put together before the scrimmage in November.

We are still testing both of our robot designs to see which one will work better for this year's robot game. The synchronized drive is really cool but has a lot of disadvantages to work through. Ben's robot has a few stability issues but that should be easily fixed with a few beams.

Our coach taught us the difference between relative and absolute motor moves at the last meeting. Patrick is already using the logic to solve a problem we've had with the gyro sensor. I hope he can get it to work.

Until next week,

September 21, 2014

Week 3 - Guest Post by Tyler

During today's meeting we finished and are testing two kinds of robots. One has a synchronized drivetrain and the other is a rear wheel drive type build. Theo made a chicken foot claw attachment to do the football mission and hopefully a few of the loops.

We postponed the vote for our final presentation topic until next week. There is still more research that needs to be done before making a final decision.

September 20, 2014

Week Two

This week we went over effective ways of teaching based on types of learning, visual (seeing), auditory (hearing), and kinesthetic (doing). Then we took a vote and whittled down our ideas for the project from 6 to 3. Afterward, we started to build some basic robots but there is still a lot to be done to make them functional.

We have 2 different robot designs so far. Once they are complete we will test them both and decide which one works better for this season.

(Edit by Mrs. B) - The project is right on schedule but the robot design is lagging as usual. It always takes a few weeks for the boys to build a robot that everyone is happy with. Hopefully they will have fully functioning robots by the end of our next meeting.

September 9, 2014

Week One

Hi, I'm Josh, the team blogger for this season.

This week we assigned jobs, went over meeting rules, as well as created a schedule for both the project and robot game. We've all started doing our research for the project and spent some time creating a strategy for the missions. At the end of our last meeting we all did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

(Edit by Mrs. B) - The team is off  to a great start. They have some really creative ideas for the project that all the boys seem very enthusiastic about. The robot game is going to be very challenging this year but definitely a lot of fun.

Congrats to this year's Team Captain, Tyler! This is the 2nd year in a row that he was voted the leader. Way to go!

September 2, 2014

Our Last Year

This will be the team's last year participating in FLL. All of the boys are in 8th grade and will age out at the end of this season. We plan to make the most of our last year and go out with a bang!

The team is excited to get the 2014-2015 season started. This year they will be researching education and developing a new way to learn. We had our kickoff party last week where the boys built all of the mission models for the robot game.

This week we will assign jobs, vote for a Team Captain, make a schedule for the project and robot game and start designing a robot. Let the fun begin!

September 1, 2014

Another Moonbots Update

We didn't win the Moonbots competition but had an incredible time trying. Congratulations to the winning teams! We just might have to give it another go next year.

July 28, 2014

Moonbots Update

Our team was chosen as one of the 25 finalists! The kids have been hard at work creating a lunar playfield and programming their robot. They presented their research and robot to a group of local scouts last week and had a blast! The final judging is in 2 weeks and there is still lots to get done.

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...