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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!


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 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.


September 24, 2013
by MIss Rap

Team Logo Designs

The students have spent the last 2 weeks designing and creating logos for our Robotics teams (Ctrl, Alt, Del and Foundations First) and here they are.  The students have been asked to vote for their favourite logo in Edmodo.

What are your thoughts?  Please feel free to post your comments on our blog.

September 19, 2013
by MIss Rap

Second visit to Glendal P.S.

Last Thursday the Lodger’s set off on our second visit to Glendal Primary School to work on our FLL Nature’s Fury Competition.  This time the students came armed with the Lego elements and competition mat to show the rest of the team.

This visit the students set up the elements on the event table and voted on two names for our teams.
Foundation First & Ctrl, Alt, Del

From there they used laptops and logo design software to create several logos they thought best represented the team names.  By the end of next week the students will vote on the most popular design and we will launch them on our blog for you to see.

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