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October 30, 2013
by MIss Rap
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FLL Competition Details

The time has finally arrived and we have some vey excited students preparing the finishing touches to our Nature’s Fury Project.

All systems are GO for an exciting 2013 FLL tournament on Sunday 10th November. The venue for this event is the King David School’s Rebecca Magid Centre, which is situated at 520 Orrong Road in Armadale. Below are the key times for the tournament are as follows:

  • 8:00am – Doors open

    King David School, Rebecca Magid Centre

  • 8:30am – Registration opens
  • 9:10am – Welcome address
  • 9:30am – Competition starts   (robot game, project judging, core values  and robot design)
  • 3:30pm – Awards ceremony
  • 4:00pm – Finish

This year FLL are privileged to be hosting a number of engineers from BAE Systems, Rockwell Automation and Autodesk. Each of these companies are a world leader in their field. Some of these engineers have kindly offered to act as judges/referees on the day. Please feel free to encourage your students to speak to these amazing engineers during the course of this day.

Also, for those students and teachers that might be interested in learning more about robotics programs beyond the FLL, we will be showcasing one of the FRC frisbee throwing robots. The FRC is the big brother/big sister program to the FLL. There will be an opportunity for students and teachers to drive the FRC robot and hopefully throw a few frisbees.

We hope to see you all there to cheer on CTRL+ALT+DEL.

October 27, 2013
by MIss Rap
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First Lego League

FIRST® LEGO® League

FIRST® LEGO® League is the FIRST program in Australia catering for the youngest group of students. Every year, teams of up to 10 students aged between 9 and 16, learn about a modern scientific problem and develop solutions for it, while having fun with robots. FLL® is a multi-part competition judged on three important elements:

1) Robot Teams design, build and program a LEGO robot to complete a series of challenges in only 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The challenge changes every year, and is always based on the year’s central theme. The 2012 game was called Senior Solutions and was based on solving problems that seniors face. Teams compete on adjacent tables to score as many points as possible, with the overall winner of the competition winning the prized Robot Performance award. Many tournaments also offer secondary robot awards judged on robot design, innovation and aesthetics.

2) Project Every year, teams identify problems regarding the theme for the year and develop solutions to solve these problems, which are always related to modern-day problems of the world. Past themes include senior citizens, food health & safety, climate change, medical science, nanotechnology, and others. Through the project, teams learn more about the subject area and present their ideas to a panel of judges. The project and robot game combined teaches students to problem solve, think critically, work as a team and speak publicly. The project also has the potential to change the world, as if teams think of an innovative and successful possible solution, they can share it with their community, their school, their families, even all of Australia and the world.

3) Core Values Throughout the competition, teams are judged on their teamwork, cooperation, Gracious Professionalism®, kindness to other teams, and sportsmanship. This aspect of competitions is designed to encourage students to work together and well. Besides scheduled judging sessions, tournament volunteers and team coaches are always on the lookout for examples of these qualities. Good examples of Core Values can earn teams consideration for awards they would not otherwise be eligible for, and through this celebration of good qualities, FIRST seeks to make students the best competitors, citizens, problem-solvers and engineers they can be.

October 21, 2013
by Kyle
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Expert Interviews

The Robotics Project is well underway and there is only a couple of more weeks before the students from Glendal and Berwick Lodge Primary Schools compete in Melbourne (Sunday 10th November).

Over the last few weeks the children have had the amazing opportunity to interview and conduct research from some very high profile experts in Wildfire Management including Craig Lapsley (Chief Fire Commissioner of Victoria) and Daryl Crowden (World Vision).  They have also called on the experience of Peter Naismith (CFA volunteer) and George Grossek (Department of Sustainability and Environment) to assist them in identifying a problem our firefighters face when fighting bush fires and coming up with a solution to solve this problem.  The children spent some time last Sunday at Glendal Primary School working on the robot missions, selecting a design for their team shirts, gathering research and looking at ways we can present our project and findings to the FLL judges.

 

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