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Coppell Scrimmage announced for Nov 2

We’ve finally gotten some more concrete details about the Coppell FLL scrimage — it will be held on Saturday, November 2nd at Coppell High School from 2:30p to 4:30p.

Unlike previous years, this scrimmage will not be held at the same time as the Engineering Expo, which is on November 3rd.

The last of the UTD Coaches’ Clinics are also being planned for Saturday, although the exact times are not yet known.

Messages about the scrimmage and clinics can be found here, here.

The organizers have asked attendees to please fill out a form.

Hope to see many of you on Saturday!

Welcome 2013 North Texas FLL Teams and Coaches

Today was the first UTD Coaches Clinic’ for 2013, hosted again by Dr. Kenneth Berry. It was wonderful to meet so many new coaches and see another exciting year get underway!

If you’re a new coach or a rookie team, we know you likely have lots of questions and trepidation. We’re glad to help where we can.

As in previous years, our team is maintaining a resources page with links and copies of documents relating to the North Texas Regional FLL tournaments. The page is available at http://republicofpi.org/projects/fll2013/resources/ , or you can follow the “FLL” links in the menu above.

We create and maintain this page for our own benefit — to make it easy to have announcements and files all in one place. But we also know it can be useful for others, and we like to share it freely. If you can think of anything else that would be helpful to have available on the page, please let us know!

If nothing else, be sure to join the North Texas FLL Google Group — lots of announcements and helpful discussions take place there.

Pm

Portable FLL table demonstration

At last year’s North Texas regional qualifier tournament, the team’s robot did not perform as well as expected. After reviewing the robot’s performance, we decided that the practice table we had been using was partially to blame. So it was time to build a new one.

The video below shows the table we came up with. One important feature of the table is that it disassembles into pieces small enough to fit into our van, so we can take our FLL equipment to other schools and organizations for demonstrations. Indeed, this was the table we used for our Discovery Days exhibit at the Perot Museum earlier this year.

Enjoy!

Senior Solutions 580 point practice run videos online

We’ve posted some videos with the team’s top-scoring practice runs on YouTube.  For a wide variety of reasons the robot never achieved 580 in the Robot Game competition… its best competition score was 530.  However, it regularly achieved 580 in the Robot Design judging rounds.

For the North American Championship the robot was upgraded to be able to score 590 and to be able to activate the ball game from the center platform just as time expires. Hopefully we’ll get a video of that soon.

Enjoy!

There are two other practice videos available (these are also 580 point runs):

Welcome 2012 North Texas FLL Teams and Coaches

Today was the first UTD Coaches Clinic’ for 2012, hosted by Dr. Kenneth Berry. We made a lot of new contacts at the clinic and were able to hear advice and ideas from many other North Texas area FLL coaches.

This year Model Scout Robotics is maintaining a resources page with links and copies of documents relating to the North Texas Regional FLL tournaments. The page is available at http://modelscoutrobotics.org/projects/fll2012/resources/ , or you can follow the “FLL” links in the menu above.

We’ve created this page primarily for our own benefit — to make it easy to find and refer to announcements and files sent by the various contest organizers, especially when we’re away from our desktops. We figure others might find it useful as well.

If nothing else, be sure to join the North Texas FLL Google Group — lots of announcements and helpful discussions take place there.

Pm

Coppell Robotics hosting FLL scrimmage Nov. 4

Terrific news! Coppell Robotics will again be hosting a scrimmage for FLL teams on November 4th. They hosted a scrimmage last year, and as a (then) rookie FLL team we found it to be incredibly helpful in our preparations for the regional qualifiers.

Also, like last year, the scrimmage will be held in conjunction with the school’s 5th Annual Engineering Expo, which means that FLL team members can explore schools and projects related to engineering, as well as see some of the entries for high school level competitions. Last year our team really enjoyed touring the many exhibits.

So, if you’re a FLL 2012 team in the North Texas area, I highly recommend having your team participate in the scrimmage. Don’t worry if your robot doesn’t perform well — the important thing is to get some experience with a contest-like environment and to see how other teams are approaching the challenges. (For example, the “fish sweeper” we used in last year’s robot game came directly from watching another team’s robot at the scrimmage do a similar thing.)

Space is limited, though, only about 15-25 teams will be able to participate, first-come first-served. To register or get more details, send an email to coppellrobotics@gmail.com.

Even if you don’t have a robot ready for the scrimmage, make plans to attend the scrimmage and Expo. Just having an opportunity for your team to meet other teams and share ideas will be worth it.

MoonBots 2012 Landscape Design, Game Idea and Missions work complete

For the MoonBots competition, Model Scout Robotics had to complete   “Scaled Lunar Landscape Design” and “Game Idea and Mission” documents.

We finished our paperwork for the September 15 MoonBots deadline.  We have finished this work as described in the MoonBots 2012 official rules.

Click here to see our design work for the MoonBots Phase II competition.

Senior Solutions theoretical maximum: 733 points

By my calculations, the theoretical maximum score for FIRST LEGO League Senior Solutions is 733 points:

* Wood Working       25
* Medicine           25
* Service animals    20
* Bowling            60
* Strength exercise  25
* Stove              25
* Gardening          25
* Video call         40
* Quilting           90
* Cardiovascular    118
* Flexibility        40
* Transitions        65
* Similarity         45
* Ball game         130 (see note)

Total               733

Note: It’s possible to score 130 points in the ball game mission if the robot puts balls back into the rack without causing a glitch or violating Rule 24.

Pm