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I am in shock.
I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet.
This Saturday our Lego Robotics team was at Iowa State competiting in the Iowa First Lego League Championship – http://www.isek.iastate.edu/
Teams compete in four competitions
– Robot Presentation – teams have to explain their robot, attachments, programs, and process to solving the mission board
-Robot Competition – teams have three chances to score the highest score of the day
-Core Values – teams are place in a room with judges and have to perform a task and are graded on problem solving, teamwork, working together, and articulating their actions
-Research/Innovation Project – students have to research an assigned topic and then come up with a new and innovative solution that does not already exist
Back in December we competed at the Putnam Musuem in Davenport, Iowa. There were 9 Regionals across the state. A total of 295 teams competed in Iowa alone. Teams can have no more than 10 members and must be ages 9-14.
At Regionals we took first place in the Robot Competition and also in Core Values. We have never won two awards before. We were off to a good start.
We then had about a month to improve all elements of our team. We worked like mad on our product idea and really turned it around into a well done presentation and product(more details coming later).
We added about 25 points to our robot run.
We talked about what it takes to become better to be competitive at state. We have been to state before, but never really felt like we had a chance to win anything.
We talked about working together as a team. How to handle adversity. How to adapt to the personalities and strengths/weaknesses that each person brings to a team. We worked very hard on the real world skills of coping with the ups and downs of a project of this size.
72 teams arrived at Iowa State this weekend. We did a great job! We talked about our robot in a very professional manner. We had some solid robot runs although we were hoping to do much better(I think this is the case for every team), we delivered a smashing presentation our product, the team felt good about the Core Values(coaches and parents are not allowed to watch).
It was time for the awards. Our team felt a little defeated after our last robot run did not go well. We felt we needed a great run. The awards came out and our name was not called. And not called. And not called. Finally, it was time for the Champion’s Award where this is top honors. This goes to the team that did well in everything scoring at the top or very close in all four areas. They mentioned honorable mention, then second place. Finally, the last award of the day and teams sat in anticipation……………
to hear team #10263 Robo Dogs
We won! We won the whole thing. The best team in Iowa out of 295 teams.
I am still in shock. I froze when our name was called. What an honor.
It has not quite sunk in yet what we just accomplished. I know that our hard work over the last five months, the hundreds of hours, the practice, the frustrations, the celebrations, the problem solving, etc. paid off. It is not all about winning as the journey to this point equipped these kids with skills and real world applications that they don’t even realize yet, but it sure feels awesome to know we were top dogs.
I will post more pics and information about our team, our research, our robot, etc. as I start to collect my thoughts, collect some images and video from parents, and have time to sort through it all.
I am lacking sleep and have a family that needs attention and a house that needs cleaning. Great job Robo Dogs. This is something I will never forget.
GETTING IT DONE! is not all about fitness training. It is about programs and journeys like this also. Our team GOT IT DONE!
Here are two links for newspapers that covered the Regional Lego Robotic Competition this past Saturday.
Very cool to see kids in action, excited about learning science and math. Go Robo-Dogs
This past Saturday, nine students from Bettendorf schools(3 5th graders, 2 6th graders, 3 7th graders, and 1 8th grader) competed in the regional competition at the Putnam Museum. Teams had to compete in five categories throughout the long day that included 3 robot runs, research project presentation, core values, teamwork, and robot design. 22 schools competed and our team, the Robo Dogs qualified to make it to state after delivering a fantastic presentation on the effects of sugar and caffeine in energy drinks, pop, and a few other beverages. The robot did not perform as well as we had hoped, but still placed in the top 5 and we are already hard at work creating a new robot with new strategy and design.
We have less than a month to get ready for state and we have much to do. The team is not just happy with making it to state, but the confidence that is glowing from them that they really believe that they can actually compete makes this team AWESOME. In order to be competitive there is much to do to bring everything to the next level. We discusses what went well and what didn’t and have plans to throw it all on the line in January.
Here are some brainstorming ideas(good luck deciphering)
I have much that I want to post and share, but will most likely wait until everything comes to a close. I don’t want to give away any team secrets or strategies until the time is right. Most likely I will create a separate blog or wiki that follows the Lego Robotics, but that won’t happen until late January.
Here is the team
Here is our robot, Demitri
Until next time……
I hope to keep better track of our team on this blog until the new site is up and running.
I have another video series that I will be showcasing on the blog. This video series will be my journey with my new toy that I have purchased. This toy is my Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kit. I have purchased this kit as I am now helping to coach the Lego Robotics Club. We have a camp in a couple weeks which will determine our team to compete with this winter. So here is my intro video.