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.