Model Scout Robotics wins at Harmony Robotics League tournament

The Model Scout Robotics team won three awards at the 4th Annual Harmony Robotics League tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 30, 2013.  The team earned the Overall Champion award, 1st Place in Technical Judging, and 2nd Place in Robot Game Performance.

The tournament was held by the Harmony School of Innovation in Fort Worth and attended by twenty teams throughout Texas.  HSI Fort Worth has also posted pictures and a video of the contest.  Many thanks to HSI for hosting an excellent contest!

Winners at HRL 2013

 

Volunteered at Perot Museum for Innovation and Engineering Discovery Day

Model Scout Robotics put in a full day volunteering at the Perot Museum on February 9.   For the Discovery Day on Innovation and Engineering event, the team members gave demos of our FIRST LEGO League 2012 Robot Game solution.  We also brought several of our other LEGO Mindstorms robots and had a station set up so visitors could drive our robots on the floor using our tablet, Android phone or LEGO Mindstorms controller.   One of the robots was a variation of our MoonBots robot so the kid driver could drive watching the robot’s camera output on our laptop.

One of our parents kept a tally on visitors to our station.   We demoed to a total of 320 people at the Perot Museum.    We got as many kids as we could to run our remote control enabled LEGO Mindstorms robots and gave the kids the opportunity to setup and run our robot missions under our guidance to give them the feel of competing in a FIRST LEGO League robot game.   It was a fun day!

FLL Presentation to Students for College Week

Matthew and Anthony ran the team’s solution to the 2012 First Lego League (FLL) robot game puzzle for students at Skaggs Elementary as part of its College Week celebration.  They explained how they figured out the puzzles and answered student questions about FLL.  They told them how being on a FLL team helps them try out careers in mechanical engineering, computer programming, the sciences and even management.   They also can practice skills that are helpful for a variety of careers such as giving presentations, making posters, conducting research, brainstorming solutions and practicing teamwork.

Note: We had to crop the photos so that students were not recognizable.

1st Place Champion’s Award at North Texas Regional FLL Championship, on to Nationals

Model Scout Robotics participated at the 2012 North Texas FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Championship tournament at the Hockaday School on January 12, 2013.   They won the 1st Place Champion’s Award at the event — the highest award in FIRST LEGO League at the regional level.    This award is earned by the team with the strongest performance across all four areas of the competition (robot game, robot design, project and core values).

Our team now has an invitation to attend the FLL North American Open Invitational championship at LEGOLAND California from May 17 to 19th 2013!   We are raising funds and we are going!Team members are (from left to right): Walter, Anthony, Matthew, Veronica and team captain Katherine.

Champion award earned, advance to Regional Championship

Model Scout Robotics earned the 1st Place Champion’s Award at one of the six North Texas FIRST LEGO League (FLL) regional qualifiers on December 8, 2012 at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas.   The Champion’s Award is earned by the team that does the best in all four areas of the competition (project, robot design, robot game and core values).  The team is very happy and honored.  Thirty-three teams participated at the regional qualifier.

 

Model Scout Robotics is one of 54 qualifying teams that advance and compete at the 2012 North Texas Regional FLL Championship at the Hockaday School in Dallas on January 12, 2013.

MoonBots 2012 The Thrive Award

The MoonBots 2012 judges have announced the awards.   Model Scout Robotics earned

The Thrive Award – For their effort to keep going no matter the personal obstacle. This team has surprised the judges for their completion of the lunar surface and the robot missions. Definitely deserve the ultimate Gold Star Robotics Merit Badge!

Our coach’s wife condition is stable.  We look forward to competing in MoonBots 2013 !

Here is a link to the project we built for the competition.

Vote for FLL Founder Slingshot Water Purification Device

from FIRST LEGO League HQ in  Manchester, NH

Check out this short film on FIRST founder Dean Kamen’s Slingshot water purification device, which was produced and directed by FRC Game Design Committee member Paul Lazarus. The film is currently a semifinalist in the Focus Forward Film Competition, and the FIRST family can help name it an “Audience Favorite” by voting for it online.  Watch the film, then click the “Vote Now” button that appears at the end – http://vimeo.com/focusforwardfilms/semifinalists/51890022

Introducing our FLL 2012 Senior Solutions senior partner

Model Scouts Matthew and Katie’s grandmother, Miss Daisy has been our Senior Solutions senior partner for First Lego League 2012.   She is an energetic, social butterfly of her senior living apartment community.   The team learned much from her on problems she has related to daily living as well as problems of her senior friends that live in her senior apartment complex.  The team picked one of the problems she described as the focus of our Senior Solutions project.

FLL 2012 Team Photo with our Senior Partner.  Not pictured: Veronica