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K Spin 15… FIRST Championship!

109 teams competed at the FIRST Championship… only 18 teams would win an award. The competition was fierce… everyone striving to win no matter how exhausted they were. 91 teams walked away empty handed… but the 18 teams… became some of the best in the world. My team, Club Oreo… was one of those 18 teams!!!

“Club Oreo, are you ready?” Says one of our judges. We start walking into the room, singing our chant. “Innovate, create, team 14938!” In the front of the room was 3 judges, with rubrics on the table they were sitting at. This was our PROJECT judging! Where your team goes to present the research you have done to fix a problem that associates with this years theme, Hydrodynamics.

We programmed our own app that calculates how much water you could save if you xeriscape your yard—whichns to replace water-hogging plants with native plants and hardscrape and then tells you how much money you could save. We presented a skit called LAWN AND ORDER! It was really cool and the judges were impressed.

In the end the award we won was the ROBOT Strategy and Innovation award!

3! 2! 1– LEGO! The buzzer sounds and the robot runs start! This buzzer, the 3 robot attachments running out to earn us points, and the cheers of our watchful referees, would be one of our key reasons for winning the robot strategy and innovation award. The robot team of Club Oreo and I worked really hard this season to build a complex, unique, consistent robot. 

At the award ceremony, there were lights, the teams all sitting together in anticipation, music blasting, and beach balls being passed around the celebratory room. When the music quieted down, all that was left to do was announce the winners of each award. We all had to wait eagerly in those seats, heart pounding every time a team name was called. When our name was called, we couldn’t believe it!  We rushed down excitedly to the stage to claim our long awaited reward!

It was an awesome FLL season! Now the competition is over, and Club Oreo walked away one of the 18 best FIRST teams on the entire planet! I can’t wait for next year’s theme, Into Orbit!

 

K Spin Eight… Robotics!

I’ve been in FLL robotics for three years, and every year, my team and I end up  doing very well at the qualifier tournament and we move on to the area regional tournament.

To be a successful team, you have to work well together. You have to respect each other. You have to support each other. In my experience, I’ve learned this to be true. 

Some people think that robotics is just building a robot and programming it to do stuff, like throw frisbees or follow a line. That, however, is not the case. (At least not in my level.)

Every season has it’s own theme. The first thing that my team Does every year is come up with a project idea that fits the project theme challenge. This year’s theme is the human water cycle, and its called Hydro Dynamics. How us humans use water and how it gets recycled, how we find it and how we get rid of it. For the project, you have to find a problem, and do research on how to fix that problem.

After that, you start building the robot, and programing it.

Every year, there is also a different set of tasks that you have to program the robot to do in a matter of two and a half minutes to earn points.

Robotics is really fun, and I look forward to our upcoming tournament on January 13th, 2018.  Wish us luck 🙂

K Spin Six… Frenzy Friday!

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Have you ever felt like you just don’t have enough time in the day? I’ve heard adults say that, but I never thought I’d have to say it as a kid…until now.

This Friday, I have MANY things going on. So much, that I don’t know how i’m going to juggle it all. All I know is that it’s going to be insane.

First, I’m going back to my old elementary school to be a presenter with my robotics team for their STEAM day. Second, I will head back to my current school. Thing about this is that I get to school between 1-1:30pm and that is where the fun starts.

At my school, we are having our fall festival on Friday. I will arrive right on time for the celebration. There’s a cake walk, rides, games, I am pretty sure that there’s even an arcade. Did I mention lots of food and candy? This goes on for the entire rest of the school day, so when school ends, it’s on to the next event.

Starting at 6:30, I go back to my old elementary school, again, for their Halloween party for Girl Scouts. The Monster Mash.

I used to be a Girl Scout, so I know how they work and have been to many before. Now, a group of my friends and I are sponsoring and running one of the games there. I think that will be fun. There’s going to be free food, music, and a bunch of little kids running around in costumes. Adorable!  I’ll be dressed up too!

The party ends at 8:30 to 9:00, and by this point, I will probably be dead with exhaustion. I have to admit though, It’s going to be a very long but fun day!