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November 11, 2013
by Kyle
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FLL Competition Day

My nervous and anxious mind was shaking in my head. ” Today is the day,” I thought. The 10th of November had arrived… it was competition day.

The robotics team consisted of Eric, Josh, Sean, Henna, Nivethan, David, Thomas, Kaaviyan, Zoe and me, under the team name of CTRL-ALT-DELETE. We all were excited and when we arrived at the King David School in Armadale, it was nearly time for our first robot game. We were all getting tense waiting for Niv and Zoe, as they had the competition robot…. as time was ticking…..

Finally Zoe and Niv had arrived! We were relieved that Zoe and Niv had arrived in time. The Glendal students got on to the work while the Berwick Lodge students work on the Project (or as the boring part as you might say). Glendal students had to stop hitting the branch as they had just realised that they couldn’t have 5 motors which decreased the points but improved speed and had to stop pulling the plane and moving the house up which also decreased a lot of points. It was finally time for the game…

Overall the first round of matches was good, well I thought that the second round was the best out of all three rounds anyway. We had to quickly move onto the Technical almost straight afer the game. Unfortunately, the judges were still judging for the Technical part for the team before us, at the scheduled time for us to finish the Technical. I was wondering what was holding them up. The door finally burst open.

Josh introduced the team and talked about the multi-collaborative team of different schools and nations. Then the Glendal students talked about the missions and gave them a demonstration. They also talked about the programs they used and what sensors they used for their mission. The judges thought it was pretty impressive.

Next we had another robot game. The Glendal students found some holes in the program and fixed them. “Hopefully,” I thought, “they will fix the problems and make it perfect.” And fortunately they did!

It was lunch time for us. Perfect timing. I was starving. But now I can’t really tell you what happened when the students got their lunch because I was taken out by my mum to eat a wrap and buy a Coke for Ms Rap and bought a salad roll for Henna’s mum. At the venue they provided lunch but apparently it wasn’t that good… My team was jealous of what I got for lunch!

We were ready for our last round of robot game. Unfortunately it missed a whole lot of missions but got Jeffrey the minifig to safety. We started practicing for our third and final round of robots while Berwick Lodge started rehearsing our lines for the Project. We rehearsed in front of Ms G and Ms Rap, being our judges and parents being their ordinary selves. It was pretty good. We were ready for the last part of the day, the Project.

We walked up to the second floor and brought all the equipment with us and presented it to the judges. They said it was excellent.

Now was the most exciting or maybe the most nerve-racking 1 and a half hours of waiting. We were waiting for the final results of the winners. I was so excited when I knew this, we had won the State Championships and the robot performance award. We were celebrating on after we had finished the competition.

To celebrate they each bought a slushee for themselves, except for me. Poor me!!

November 6, 2013
by MIss Rap
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Robot Prototype Designs

Today the Berwick Lodge students presented their Robot Prototypes to the staff.  They talked about the design brief and the special features of their robots.  The prototype judged the best design will be taken out to Glendal PS tomorrow for judging against their robot prototype and from their the winning design will be used in the compeition on Sunday.

Below are some photos of their models.  Please leave a comment or make some suggestions about how they can improve on their designs.  Unfortunately Henna was absent today so her model doesn’t appear in the photos below.

 

November 5, 2013
by MIss Rap
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Glendal Visit – Thursday 7th November

This week, the team will be busy finalising last minute details and tying our project and mission together at Glendal Primary School.  The students will recieve their team t-shirts and be presenting their project and solution to an audience comprising of students, teachers, experts and school council representatives.  As the competition draws near the students are getting nervous and excited.  We will keep you posted on our progress and the presentation on Thursday and look forwrad to your support at hthe event on Sunday 10th November, we hope to see you all there.

November 1, 2013
by Kyle
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Training Day 2

On the Sunday 27th of October, the Glendal kids and I were working on the competition robots and the programs as the competition was nearing.

We split up into groups to start programming the robots to complete some missions.

Thomas and Sean were in charge of Mission 1 : retrieving the pets and knocking a tree branch off the tree.

David had the reponsibility of Mission 2 : releasing the plane and tsunami

Zoe and David were in charge of Mission 3 : moving the supply truck and the ambulance to the evacuation point, and knocking one of the isolation bases and the moving the code construction to a different spot.

David was in charge of Mission 4 : moving the house upwards and retrieving Jeffery and heading back to base.

Niv was doing Mission 5, the last and final mission : going over 4 ridges. (Believe this is definitely easier said than done!)

We have accomplished all the missions, but now we have to work on the reasearch side of things (here we go again, the boring part for some children).

The competition is on the 10th of November and is coming up. Everyone in our team is anxious for the competition is extremely close!

 

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